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Do humans have free will? Does God exist? What is knowledge? When it comes to life’s big questions, philosophers are brilliant at opening up new ways of thinking about the world, universe and society.
Our A level Philosophy online course will challenge you to think deeply and independently. It invites you to question, evaluate and debate a range of intriguing topics which enable you to explore key philosophical concepts and methods.
Supported by a personal tutor, you’ll build confidence in skills such as identifying and analysing arguments and critical thinking. You’ll also learn how to present your ideas logically and clearly – all valuable preparation for higher education and a wide range of careers.
Our A level Philosophy online course investigates the fascinating theories of knowledge, perception, realism and idealism, moral philosophy, religion and God, and metaphysics of the mind.
You’ll have the flexibility to fit study around your lifestyle, learning at your own pace. Like many NEC students, perhaps you’ll go on to study philosophy at university, or use your qualification to support your next career move?
Our Philosophy A level course is ideal if you:
Section 1: Introduction to epistemology
Section 2: Perception as a source of knowledge
Section 3: Reason as a source of knowledge
Section 4: Normative ethical theories
Section 5: Meta-ethics and applied ethics
Section 6: Metaphysics of God, 1: Arguments for the existence of God
Section 7: Metaphysics of God, 2
Section 8: Metaphysics of mind 1
Section 9: Metaphysics of mind 2
Your learning experience
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Choose when and where you access your course, using learn@nec our 24/7 learning platform.
This easy-to-use learning platform includes interactive checkpoints, quizzes and activities to help you evaluate your progress.
You’ll have access to support from a personal tutor. All NEC tutors are subject experts, with experience of supporting online learners.
Meet Amanda who is just one of our first-class philosophy tutors:
“Learning should be a rewarding experience for its own sake. I love ideas and think that the most valuable thing about education is the joy of gaining knowledge. The most rewarding thing about tutoring and teaching is helping students to find their own reward in learning. I have been teaching for 18 years. I am a head of faculty, an A level examiner and write NEC course materials for A level Philosophy and A level Religious Studies. I am never happier than when I am in a classroom or working 1:1 with learners of all ages.”
*The specification suggests that 300 hours is needed. You’ll also need time to complete assignments and prepare yourself for exams and some courses like English literature involve a lot of reading. Everyone is different so it’s impossible to say with certainty how long a course will take you, but you should expect to spend longer than 300 hours. Taken across the length of time we recommend, this equates to approximately 5 hours per week. This will increase if you choose to take it over a shorter time frame or may be less if you are retaking a subject and have covered a lot of of the course content.
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There is no non-exam assessment (NEA) for this course
We know that our younger students often need an extra helping hand with their studies. In our experience learning online works best when either a parent or guardian are involved. This is why NEC has developed our unique Progress Tracker to help you to support your child.
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It’s your choice: you can pay in full at the point of enrolment, or you can spread the cost over monthly instalments with our finance offer. We offer a choice of six or 12 month repayment plans, with 0% APR as standard.
To pay in instalments you will need to enrol by telephone.
Course fee: £695
Amount of credit: £625.50
Monthly payment: £104.25
Duration of agreement: 6 months
Total repayable: £695
Rate of interest: 0% (fixed)
0% APR representative.
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Study at your own pace.
There are no academic requirements for this course.
Course materials are written in English so a good level of written English is required.
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