Philosophy Online Course - Level 3 Diploma (home Learning/distance Learning)UK Online Courses
- 200 hours of study
Frequent Asked Questions
All students must be 16 years of age and above.The good news is that no prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this course, however a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard would prove beneficial to students in order to manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within the course content.This course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about Philosophy and would like to take part in a highly rewarding home study course
A home distance learning course is the ideal way to gain a diploma in Philosophy. Whether you're looking to go on to further education, improve your job prospects or expand your knowledge, distance learning Philosophy is a flexible and convenient course, which allows you to comprehensively prepare for an exam or career through home study. What's more, because the distance learning level 3 diploma Philosophy course is a fully comprehensive course, minimum prior knowledge is required.
This Quality Assured Level 3 Diploma in Philosophy introduces you to all of the central topics of Philosophy. It is designed for those seeking to explore Philosophy for personal development, for enjoyment, and for those seeking a solid preparation for degree level study in the subject.
Throughout the course you will be encouraged to think critically about a wide range of philosophical issues. In doing so you will develop an understanding of the discipline and develop your ability to think clearly and to argue effectively. Philosophy is a hugely rewarding subject. It will help you to develop intellectual skills that will enhance your personal life and be valuable in your career.
The course will provide the student with a Level 3 Diploma in Philosophy made up of ten modules, and concludes with an online examination.
Benefits of the Course
- Students will expect to derive the following benefits from the diploma course:
- A thorough grounding in all of the central areas of philosophy
- An introduction to the ideas of a wide range of classical and contemporary philosophers
- An ability to conduct philosophical argument
- An opportunity to explore and challenge personal beliefs
- An enhanced ability to analyse arguments and to think critically
Module One - Moral Philosophy
This module looks at central traditional and contemporary disputes in moral philosophy. People are commonly moral relativists but is this view defensible? The consequences of our actions are often thought to be morally relevant, but are they the only consideration? In this module we will look at alternative answers to these questions.
Module Two - Applied Ethics
In this module what we have learnt from the first module is applied to animal ethics, environmental ethics, and the controversy surrounding abortion. Ethical issues are always in the news and in this module we develop the philosophical skills needed to assess them.
Module Three - Political Philosophy
Here we look at the social contract and the extent to which we are obliged to obey our rulers. This takes us to classical texts by Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau, and important contemporary texts by John Rawls and Robert Nozick. We also consider social justice and why we should care about inequality. Should we, as Nozick thinks, accept any amount of inequality so long as people have well protected property rights?
Module Four - Epistemology
What is the basis of our belief in an external world? Can we be certain about anything? In epistemology, or the theory of knowledge, we consider the reliability of our perceptions. We draw on Descartes, Locke, Russell, Berkeley, and Kant to ask whether a mind-independent world really exists. We also look at the major contemporary contribution to epistemology made by John McDowell in his book Mind and World.
Module Five - Philosophy of Mind
Are we composed of mind and body are we merely physical things? How can you be sure that other people have minds? Are you the same person today that you were last year? These issues (mind-body dualism, the problem of other minds, and personal identity) are considered on this module, drawing on the works of Descartes, Davidson, and Wittgenstein.
Module Six - Metaphysics
In this module we consider two central themes in metaphysics. First we look at the problem of universals. Individual objects can be red, hard, and so on. People can be brave or good. But do such things as redness, hardness, courage, and goodness exist? Then we consider freedom of will. We appear to freely decide what to do from moment to moment. We make plans and try to execute them. But is free will merely an illusion?
Module Seven - An Introduction to Logic
A large part of the philosopher's task is to examine arguments. It can be important to have a grasp of an argument's underlying logic in order to assess its merits. This module introduces some of the techniques logicians use to uncover the logic behind what people say.
Module Eight - Philosophy of Religion
Does God exist? Doesn't the existence of natural disasters show that God is a myth? Is there life after death? On this module we consider these religious issues drawing on arguments in, among others, Descartes, Kant, and Aquinas.
Module Nine - Aesthetics
What is the value of art? Is it simply a matter of personal taste or are there objective reasons for liking a painting, sculpture, or novel? Should art be assessed according to its moral value or is art independent of morality? We look at these issues in light of long-standing debates in aesthetics.
Module Ten - Philosophy of History
In this module we draw on earlier modules in epistemology and metaphysics and religion to consider what history is. Is history merely a series of events or does it have larger meaning? What causes historical change? Is it individuals or larger changes in social structure? We draw on Hegel, Marx, and others to address these questions.
All students must be 16 years of age and above.
The good news is that no prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this course, however a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard would prove beneficial to students in order to manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within the course content.
This course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about Philosophy and would like to take part in a highly rewarding home study course. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and study further, so we try to keep our entry requirements to a minimum.
You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with full tutor support.
We recommended you spend approximately 200 hours of your time studying towards the course, but it is important to understand that you can study at your own preferred pace.
As a rough guideline we would expect students to spend 20 hours per unit however, some course modules may take longer to complete than others, the onus is on the student to determine a comfortable pace.
Get started today, and you can earn your Level 3 OLQA Diploma in Philosophy in as little as six months, or take up to a year, if you prefer – the choice is yours.
Final online multiple choice examination - 100% of the final mark
When you have completed the programme, your tutor needs to verify that you have worked through all parts of any Workbooks, Activities and Exercises successfully.
Upon verification of the activities, exercises and assignments, you will be awarded your diploma by OLQA as confirmation that your written work has met all of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for the programme.
Level 3 Diploma in Philosophy
This course is Quality Assured by OLQA this means that it is accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (in which case GCSE's are at levels 1 and 2 and A Levels are at level 3). In accrediting the programme at level 3, OLQA attests that its learning outcomes are at an equivalent level to a level 3 national qualification.
Accreditation by OLQA is a guarantee of quality. It means that this learning programme has been scrutinised and approved by experienced educational professionals and is quality assured by OLQA.
This course can be enrolled upon by students internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.
In Scotland this course leads to a Level 6 for successful learners. This means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 6 on the Scottish Qualifications Framework (SQF).
In Ireland this course leads to a Level 5 for successful learners. This means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 5 on the Irish Qualifications Framework.
Your course fee covers everything you will need to successfully complete the Philosophy LEVEL 3 Diploma home study course and earn your diploma:
1. All textbooks, study folders and online learning aids designed for distance learning.
2. A full range of student services including:
- Tutor marked assessments (TMAs)
- Access to the online student portal
- Comprehensive study guide and study plan
- Guide to effective study techniques
- How to approach exams feeling confident
3. An OLQA Quality assured level 3 Diploma upon course completion
4. One year educational support by e-mail, post, fax or phone
5. Free postage and packaging for UK mainland students
Minimum Pc Requirements
Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 - Acrobat Reader 4.0 and above
Mac OS X, Mac OS 9.2 - Acrobat Reader 4.0 and above