A-Level Philosophy

A-Level Philosophy

A-Level Philosophy will also allow you to learn to think for yourself by exploring profound questions. It also encourages you to be open-minded and develop new ways of thinking about yourself and the world around you.

A-Level Philosophy

Four units are required for certification, made up of two AS-Level units and two A2 level units. The assessment for A-Level Philosophy is exam.

Over the course, you will undergo at least 360 guided learning hours over a two-year period. These guided learning hours are levels set by the government on how much time the tutor at your sixth form or college has to be present to give guidance (such as lectures, tutorials etc.) towards your award.

AS-Level Philosophy

  • AQA AS-Level Philosophy

An Introduction to Philosophy 1 and An Introduction to Philosophy will allow you to explore reason and experience, schemes, governance, morals, the idea of god, persons, knowledge of the external world, tolerance, art, free will and determinism.

A2-Level Philosophy

The A2 Philosophy is the equivalent of the second year of study of A-Level Philosophy. This is not a separate award. The A2 –Level Philosophy with the AS-Level Philosophy makes up the A-Level Philosophy.  The A2-Level Philosophy will further develop your knowledge from AS-Level Philosophy.

  • AQA A2 Philosophy

In Key Themes in Philosophy, you will explore the philosophy of mind, political philosophy, epistemology and metaphysics, philosophy of religion and moral philosophy. In the Philosophical Problems unit, you will approach philosophy via problems raise by philosophers, such as Descartes, Plato and Nietzsche in their classic texts.

A-Level Philosophy Exam Board Information

Career Opportunities

Some people will choose to study Philosophy further at University, but for others, the nature of the subject means they will go onto study a wide variety of subjects such as Politics, Economics, History, Law, Journalism, or Advertising. Because Philosophy offers students the chance to think clearly and take responsibility for their own learning, it is not just of benefit for university admission, but also for almost any career.

Other Useful Information

  • AQA past papers and other resources for A-Level Philosophy are available on the AQA website.