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A-Level Philosophy Course – AQA

A-Level Philosophy Courses, This online A-Level Philosophy Course has been designed to enable students to gain a thorough understanding of the key philosophical concepts, themes, texts and techniques.

Students will develop a range of transferable skills which can be applied far beyond the study of Philosophy.

At AS Level, the course concentrates on a number of key philosophical themes, intended to provide students with a broad introduction to Philosophy. At A2 Level, students will specialise further, selecting two themes to study in-depth and focusing on philosophical problems through the study of a key text.

Qualification: A-Level Philosophy
Accredited: Yes
QCF Recognised: Yes
Awarding Body: AQA
Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year
Duration: Flexible - Approx 700 Hours - 24 Months Max Support
UCAS Points: Dependant on Grades

This course is also available as a Fast Track A Level Philosophy option allowing learners to complete in under a year. 

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Course Details

Course Syllabus

Learners will complete 4 units of study in total as listed below


  • What is epistemology?

  • Perception as a source of knowledge

  • The reason as a source of knowledge

  • The limits of knowledge


  • Normative ethical theories

  • Applied ethics

  • Meta-ethics


  • God’s attributes

  • Arguments relating to the existence of God

  • Religious Language


  • What do we mean by mind?

  • Dualist theories

  • Physicalist theories

  • Functionalism

View Official AQA specification here

Entry Requirements

There are no previous qualifications required to register for this course.

It is recommended that you purchase these textbooks to supplement your learning, however, this is not essential.

  • M Lacewing, Philosophy for AS and A-Level: Epistemology and Moral Philosophy 2017 published by Routledge
  • M Lacewing, Philosophy for A-Level: Metaphysics of God and Metaphysics of Mind 2017 published by Routledge.


Course Duration

This course comes with 24 months support included:

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) – 360 Hours
Total Qualification Time (TQT) – 700 Hours

Tutors & Support

All learners have access to a qualified tutor via email for the stated support period. In addition to this, you are able to speak to our support team via telephone with any query you may have relating your course.

Our tutors and support team have years of experience in delivering online and distance learning courses. If you require help, then we are only a phone call away.


To achieve the full Philosophy A-Level you will be assessed across the four sections. All units will be assessed by two paper-based examinations:

Paper 1: Epistemology and Moral Philosophy
Type: Written examination
Duration: 3 Hours
Assessed: Topics 1 and 2
Assessment format: Five questions on epistemology and five questions on moral philosophy

Paper 2: The metaphysics of God and the metaphysics of Mind
Type: Written examination
Duration: 3 Hours
Assessed: Topics 3 and 4
Assessment format: Five questions on the metaphysics of God and five questions on the metaphysics of Mind

Examination Fees

As a private candidate, it is the student’s responsibility to arrange their own examinations and practical assessment if required. This is not part of the service offered by UK Open College.

This should be done prior to enrolment with us. It is your responsibility to ensure you have the necessary arrangements in place & confirmed.

Fees for these services can vary hugely from centre to centre. It may be worth travelling out of the area. (It’s worth it)
You can view a list of official AQA approved examination centres here 

The later you leave it to arrange, the more expensive it can be. At times, it can be impossible to arrange so plan ahead. (8 months minimum recommended)

Your contract with us is for the course and support only. We will not refund you outside of the 14-day cooling-off period if you have not confirmed these arrangements with your selected centre.

Enquire & confirm with your chosen centre, do not leave it to chance!

UCAS Points & Predicted Grades

All of our A Levels will provide you with UCAS points upon successful completion of your examinations. The amount you receive will depend on the grade achieved as detailed below. Tutors can also provide predicted grades for university based on your completed assessments within the course.

The majority of our A Levels will require a minimum of 3 completed assignments and correspondence to provide a predicted grade. We would advise you register for your course 3 months in advance of when you need a predicted grade for.  Eg: if you require a predicted grade for January, then you should enrol in Sept and aim to compete the 3 tutor marked assessments by December. 

A* 56
A 48
B 40
C 32
D 24
E 16


Payments plans - Guaranteed acceptance*

Select whether to pay in full upon enrolment or opt to pay a deposit and spread the cost with our Interest-free payment plan. *Guaranteed acceptance for those who meet the following conditions:

Aged 18 and above (Maximum age 75)
Permanent resident in the UK
Be able to provide 3 years of address history from the UK
Have a UK bank account that accepts direct debits
Hold a valid UK credit or debit card

Please note: We do not carry out credit checks

Alternative payment plans may be available for those that do not meet these conditions. Please speak to a member of our team who will be happy to assist on 0121 792 3872.

Applicants choosing the monthly option will be required to complete and sign a financial agreement for the remaining payments.  All payments to be set up via direct debit.  We are only able to set up monthly payments for students resident in the UK. 

Please note: Once a payment plan is set up, you are liable to pay the course fees in full whether you complete the course or not.  Please ensure the monthly repayments are affordable before agreeing to any payment plan offered.

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Once received at your requested delivery address, you have 14 days to ensure this course meets your needs and requirements. If for any reason you are not happy, simply return your course pack unused for a refund.*

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