Accredited Level 3 Philosophy Diploma Entry Requirement
Entry to this Accredited Level 3 Philosophy Diploma requires that potential students have gained GCSE/IGCSE or equivalent qualifications and have, good English oral, reading and writing skills.
Advice on enrolment and guidance of prior learning (APL) can be obtained through out contact centre. The course is a rolling programme and can be started at any point in the year. Successful students can go on to Higher Education, including remaining as students at OLC to complete courses in our portfolio of higher awards.
All students must be aged 16 or over.
The coursework is assessed through continuous assessment with no formal exit examinations.
Approximately: 200 hours of personal study time for the entire course is recommended. All of which is supported by the OLC Course Tutor, who we greatly encourage students to access support from throughout their course.
This course has been developed by the College’s professional team of tutors to meet the needs of sector based employers and employees. It is also part of the College’s validated level three Diplomas’, recognised internationally, as verified and moderated Centre for Interactive Education (CIE Global). Further details of our accreditations are provided on our website.
Accredited Level 3 Philosophy Diploma Course Length
Accredited Level 3 Philosophy Diploma Course Content
The whole level three diploma has TEN (10) specific units of study, which are sub-divided into topic areas these are:
Accredited Level 3 Philosophy Diploma Unit 1: Moral Philosophy
In this unit, the student will be able to explore the reasoning for morals: the thinking behind them; the leading philosophical concepts that give rise to moral reasoning and there proponents – why are we moral?
Accredited Level 3 Philosophy Diploma Unit 2: Applied Ethics
The unit explores how we form our ethical thinking from a moral framework. Why are do we see some subjects/actions in society wrong? Why to do rationalise certain ideas with our thinking and arguments? Applied ethics is a moral conundrum that we all face – but, how do we ‘think’ our way to safe ground?
Accredited Level 3 Philosophy Diploma Unit 3: Political Philosophy
The unit helps the student with key philosophers’ reasoning; to explore the concept of ‘social contracts’ that govern, legal and moral codes of behaviour – why care? Why conform? Why not …?
Accredited Level 3 Philosophy Diploma Unit 4: Epistemology
In this unit we explore, with the help of key philosophers’ the concept of: ‘knowledge’ in doing so, we explore what is perceived and unperceived knowledge – acquainted reasoning or fact? Rational thought – how do we know? Existence – are we really here?
Accredited Level 3 Philosophy Diploma Unit 5: Philosophy of Mind
This unit explores the concept of: “the mind”. We consider dualism; monism; consciousness; reality and other philosophical concepts with the help of philosophers like: Descartes, Davidson, and Wittgenstein. The leading question being: have we got a mind at all?
Accredited Level 3 Philosophy Diploma Unit 6: Metaphysics
The unit considers two concepts: What is there? What is it like? How do we know that objects have existence – if we leave a room, will it still exist? What is it like while we are not present? Is there a higher being – who are they, what are they like? Do we exist beyond time and space? These are many of the core questions that this branch of philosophy seeks to form answer.
Accredited Level 3 Philosophy Diploma Unit 7: An introduction to Logic
How do we act logically? This is the key question for students. In the unit we explore logical thinking; why do we at best, try to logically answer questions; how is logic right or, wrong? What is reasoned logic? Are we always right?
Accredited Level 3 Philosophy Diploma Unit 8: Philosophy of Religion
Students will be introduced to the concept of theology. Is there a God? Do we have a spiritual purpose? We explore, Theism; Daoism; Ontology; Deontology; with the help of key philosophers like: Aquinas; Descartes; Kant and others.
Accredited Level 3 Philosophy Diploma Unit 9: Aesthetics
The unit is concerned with the philosophy of art. Why is art appealing? Why can we read into art forms; are they real perceptions of reality? Is the cost of art, morally justified by its appeal to aesthetically please the viewer?
Accredited Level 3 Philosophy Diploma Unit 10: Philosophy of History
In this final unit we draw upon the former units to explore how history informs our thinking, rationale for war; social cohesion; politics; moral standing; values and reasoning. What can history using the concepts of philosophy really teach and inform knowledge – but, what is that knowledge, does it still exist, can it really impact here and now?
This Accredited Level 3 Philosophy Diploma can be used to gain entry to a Level 4 Diploma or higher.