Philosophy A-Level Part 1

This course delves into some of life’s fundamental questions – about existence, knowledge and ethics. You’ll deepen your understanding of human beings and free will, and consider questions about God’s existence and what knowledge is. This course also improves transferable skills, such as independent studies and the ability to explore and evaluate concepts.

You will not have the option to take the AS exam at the end of Part 1 of this course. After completing Part 1, you should apply for Part 2. Having completed both parts, you can then take the full A-Level exams which will cover everything learned in Part 1 and 2.

The course consists of five lessons:

  1. Introduction to Epistemology (Philosophical terminology, what is knowledge? Responses to Gettier)
  2. Perception as a Source of Knowledge (Direct realism, indirect realism, Berkeley’s idealism)
  3. Reason as a Source of Knowledge (rationalism empiricism, innatism, intuition and deduction, empiricist responses, scepticism)
  4. Normative Ethical Theories (utilitarianism, Kantian deontological ethics, Aristotelian virtue ethics)
  5. Meta-Ethics and Applied Ethics (moral realism, moral anti-realism, applied ethics)

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Six written assignments. These do not count towards the final grade.

Exams: None – go straight to Part 2

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Philosophy A-Level Part 2

Find Out More: From NEC here

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