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Philosophy Diploma

This Quality Assured Level 3 Diploma in Philosophy introduces you to all of the central topics of Philosophy.
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Level 3 / Quality Licence Scheme / ODL85

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Course introduction

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. Materials can be studied online or students have the option to have the printed materials delivered for an additional charge of £65.

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

Course Content

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.

Required knowledge

No previous knowledge or experience is essential to study this course.

Assessment

Final online multiple choice examination counts for 100% of the final grade. Throughout the course there are ten SAPs (coursework) and a thesis. The course clearly states that this is not mandatory to complete as it has no bearing on the final grade. We do suggest that students complete these as this will not only assist them in examination preparation but also will give the student the skill set should they wish to continue their studies (continuous professional development) at a higher level.

Certification

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme.The Provider has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained.

The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at QLS Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group’s knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales.

Course units

  • Module 1: Moral Philosophy
  • Module 2: Applied Ethics
  • Module 3: Political Philosophy
  • Module 4: Epistemology
  • Module 5: Philosophy of Mind
  • Module 6: Metaphysics
  • Module 7: An Introduction to Logic
  • Module 8: Philosophy of Religion
  • Module 9: Aesthetics
  • Module 10: Philosophy of History

Learner support

12 Months Tutor Support. Tutors are available to answer student questions relating to course materials and to comment on the assignments that are sent in to state how well students have understood the unit content.

FAQs

What is distance learning?

Distance learning is the most flexible and convenient approach to studying. There is no need for you to attend college and, therefore, you can study anytime, any place, anywhere that fits in with your lifestyle. Distance learning programmes are ideal for people who may have a full-time job, or other commitments, that won’t allow them time off to study.

What do I need to do to get started on a course?

You'll need to be able to commit the required time to your studies. We recommend that you choose a course you think will interest you, and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, please call our helpline free on 0333 3445 690.

To purchase a course, simply click on the ‘Buy now’ button against your chosen course and follow the on screen instructions. Alternatively if you would prefer to purchase the course over the phone, call 0333 3445 690 and speak to one of our expert course advisors.

How does the distance learning/home study method work?

The course operates through a study pack and access to your own personal tutor. Once you have chosen your course we will send you your study pack, which you will be required to work through before completing the course.

Depending on the course you have chosen, you will either be required to complete assignments and submit these for marking as the course progresses and/or be required to sit an end exam. The end exam could be in the form of multiple choice questions, or be an invigilated exam at a registered test centre.

Your completed assignments will need to be sent to your tutor for marking/assessment, you will then receive written feedback and guidance. It may be possible to submit your assignments by email, however you will need to check this with your tutor. Please be aware that your assignments will be maintained by NCCHL for moderation and audit purposes.

These requirements will always be listed on the course description page, so please refer to this for details of what is required for each individual course.

How long should it take to complete a course?

Depending on the course you have chosen, and the amount of time you can commit, it could take from 6 weeks to 12 months to complete your course.

The duration of the course is largely down to you though. The beauty of home learning is that it allows you complete flexibility to fit your studies around your lifestyle and other commitments. You can dedicate as much, or as little, time as you want to your studies - no one will be chasing you for your work or asking why you haven’t submitted an assignment.

We do strongly recommend, though, that before you purchase a course you assess your ability to commit the necessary time to completing the course in a timeframe that will not leave you losing your motivation.

How quickly will I receive my course material?

We guarantee that you will receive your course materials within 5 days of purchase, but for many courses we would anticipate that you will have to wait no more than 48 hours.

The course materials are always sent to you via a tracked courier service, to ensure that you receive your study pack within our stated period.

How much will it cost?

The cost is largely dependent on the type of the course. The longer the course is the higher the cost will be, due to the size of the study pack and the nature of the qualification.

All prices are clearly stated on the course description page and will always be displayed prior to you committing to purchase a course.

Please note that there may be additional fees required should your course have an external assessment, such as A Levels, ICB qualifications etc. To clarify, please speak to a course advisor.

What support will I receive?

You will be allocated your own personal tutor who can be contacted via e-mail, telephone, fax or post for help and advice on any aspect of the course.

Many courses require that you submit work to your tutor during the period of study and your tutor will assess your work and pass comments back to you. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.

Please be aware that officially the tutor support provided with the course is for a period of 12 months, although if you need longer let us know and we’ll endeavour to extend that.

Will I have to sit an examination?

All of our courses are accredited, so you need to show that you have acquired the knowledge to pass the course – this may involve sitting an examination, but it depends on the course you have chosen.

Some courses require you to be continually assessed throughout the course, while others may require an end of course exam or assignment (which may be completed at home) to be submitted to your tutor.

Certain types of qualifications, A-levels and GCSEs for example, do require you to sit an invigilated exams at a registered test centre. You will need to organise and pay for the examinations yourself, however full details of what you need to do will be available from the centre who are delivering the qualification.

If in doubt, please email ‘support@nccresources.co.uk’, NCC can then discuss or put you in touch directly with the course provider.

Can I study from outside the UK?

Yes, there are no geographical limits to where you can study.

You just need to be aware that all tutors are based in the UK and work may need to be submitted to them via post, although in most cases e-mail can be used.

Where the course requires that you sit an invigilated exam at a test centre, there are many exam centres outside of the UK. However, we would advise that you check with us before purchasing one of these courses if you want to study from abroad.

Will I receive a qualification when I complete the course?

All of our courses are accredited and you will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

For more information about this please see the section of the website that details how awarding bodies work and what the different types of qualifications are.

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Yes, you can take as many courses as your time allows. But we would recommend that you clearly evaluate how much time you can commit to your courses of study.

The good news is though that if your circumstances change you can always take a break and come back to your studies.

Additionally, discounts are available if you buy more than one course at the same time.

How long will it take for my work to be marked by my tutor?

Your work will be marked and feedback returned to you within 12 working days after submission. This is because our tutors are required to provide detailed, considered feedback to our learners that may take a while to formulate. We find that by working this way, our learners actually complete their course in less time, as they rarely need to submit an assignment more than twice.

Whilst it is possible to submit multiple assignments at the same time, we advise that our learners submit only one at a time. We want our learners to develop as they progress through their course, and find this is best achieved when a student embarks on a new module having taken into account tutor feedback from the previous submission.

Do I need any additional books or equipment to do my course?

No, we provide everything you need to pass your course.

How do I enrol?

Once you have chosen your course, you can either purchase the course online which will enrol you, or you can call our helpline on 0333 3445 690 who will sign you up for the course and arrange to have all your learning materials sent to you.

What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?

If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you can simply return the goods within 14 days and we will send your money back in full for the majority of courses (excluding postage and packaging) or you can choose another course that you feel would suit your needs and ambitions better.

What is the difference between the online and paper versions of courses?

Our online courses are completed through our online learning system after receiving login and access instructions. You will not receive any course materials through the post. The paper based version is posted out in a binder to your home or place of work and requires completion of a portfolio of work that is submitted to your tutor for marking.

Where can I find your Equality and Diversity Policy?

All NCC policies and procedures can be provided on request from NCC directly by emailing enquiries@ncchomelearning.co.uk or calling 0333 3445 690.

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