Philosophy AS Level

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The benefits of studying philosophy extend far beyond the subject itself. It promotes independent thinking and improves your ability to produce rational arguments. AS level Philosophy explores some of the big questions concerning reality and existence.

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This course is one of our new Gold Star AS levels. Find out more about them here.

Price: 

Price£450.00

Entry requirements

A general education up to GCSE level or equivalent is recommended for this course.

Specification

This course follows specification 7171 from the awarding organisation AQA. Full details of the specifications can be obtained from AQA's website.

Hours of study

It's really up to you but, as a guide, an AS level course takes about 120-150 hours plus extra time for assignment work you submit to your tutor. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 24 months from the date of enrolment. Some students allow 18-24 months to complete an AS level, but others complete the course within a year.

Exams and assessment

One exam:

  • 3 hours, 100% of marks
     

Non-exam assessment (NEA):

  • None
     

NEC's tutor-marked assignments:

  • 1 introductory assignment
  • 5 assignments
     

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Section 1 - Introduction to epistemology

  • Philosophical terminology
  • What is knowledge?
  • Responses to Gettier

Section 2 - Perception as a source of knowledge

  • Direct realism
  • Indirect realism
  • Berkeley's idealism

Section 3 - Reason as a source of knowledge

  • Rationalism, empiricism and innatism
  • Innatism
  • Empiricism: the tabula rasa argument
  • The intuition and deduction thesis
  • Empiricist responses
  • Scepticism: the limits of knowledge

Section 4 - Normative ethical theories

  • Introduction to ethics
  • Utilitarianism
  • Kantian ethics
  • Aristotelian virtue ethics

Section 5 - Meta-ethics and applied ethics

  • Moral realism
  • Moral anti-realism
  • Applied ethics
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AS Level Philosophy Course Sample

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