Accredited Level 3 Diploma in Philosophy

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Accredited Level 3 Diploma in Philosophy
Accredited Level 3 Diploma in Philosophy




This Quality Assured, Level 3 Diploma in Philosophy, is aimed at providing those of an enquiring mind a study of the widely acclaimed and foundational thinking that has shaped the conceptualisation of thinking, ethics, reasoning and much more over centuries.

The course is suitable for all learners who want to understand the fundamental basis for: reality; thinking; ethics; knowledge; mind; theosophy; values and reasons. We consider the impact of philosophers’ like: Descartes, Locke, Kant, and Russell among others.


Learning Aims

The Learning programme offers insight into the philosophical foundations of society; this subject impacts in all areas of humanity and forms the core concepts that impact on our conduct, attitude and much more. The core aims of the diploma are to:

  • Specifically offers student a theoretical academic approach to the study of this area of philosophy through a robust programme of learning that will help anyone who has an enquiring mind to understand the reasoning of many aspects of society.
  • The Diploma Philosophy, encourages students to: develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, a rigorous study of the ‘why’ questions; at a specialist level and will provide strong skills that can be translated into academic learning or, employment.


Learning Objectives

  • To be able to learn, understand and apply the core foundations of philosophy that has shaped the “thinking” of society over millennia.
  • To undertake a broader study of the subject of Philosophy, through the selection of a variety of philosophical thinking. The following are examples: Plato; Aristotle; Homer; Kant; Descartes; Locke; Pythagoras and many others.
  • To encourages students to develop the critical, analytical and evaluative skills which will enable them to either go on to Higher Education to study a wide range of Social Science courses, including: Religious Studies, Philosophy, Law, Sociology, Psychology and other analytical subjects.


This course consists of Ten Units and is a qualification awarded by Oxford Learning College, in its own right; with the quality assurance of a leading awarding body (CIE Global) that hallmarks this professional qualification.


Assessment Objectives (AO)

AO: 1

Students must select and demonstrate clearly, relevant knowledge and understanding through the use of evidence, examples and correct language and terminology appropriate to the course of study. In addition, for synoptic assessment, students should demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the connections between different elements of their course of study. This assessment, involves two written assignments: one halfway through the course and following the final unit. Both are assessed and graded by the assigned tutor, according to college procedures.


AO: 2

Students must critically evaluate and justify a point of view through the use of evidence and reasoned argument. In addition, for synoptic assessment, students should relate elements of their course of study to their broader context and to aspects of spiritual human experience.

Quality of Written Communication (QWC)

In addition, OLC require students’ to produce written material in English, candidates must: ensure that text is legible and that spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPG) are accurate so that meaning is clear; select and use a form and style of writing appropriate to studying a complex subject matter; organise information clearly and coherently, using specialist vocabulary when appropriate and Harvard referencing of citation and sources. In this Specification, SPG will be assessed in all tutor marked assignments (TMAs)

To ensure that we maintain quality standards; all our students written assignments are subject to our plagiarism policy and procedure.


Key Features

OLC offer the opportunity to study Philosophy as a professional level 3 validated diploma course. The student will learn and/or review the nature of reasoning, thinking, the mind, metaphysics; ethics and values.

This course has several features:

  • To develop an understanding of reasoning and thinking
  • To develop understanding of why we have ethics; values and morals.
  • To treat the subject as a discipline that informs academic knowledge, understanding and skills for life.
  • To teach students an enquiring, reflective and critical approach to the study of philosophical thought.
  • To encourage students to reflect on their own thinking, the norms, perceptions, values and opinions in the light of their study.



The whole level three diploma has TEN (10) specific units of study, which are sub-divided into topic areas these are:


Unit 1: Moral Philosophy


Unit 2: Applied Ethics


Unit 3: Political Philosophy


Unit 4: Epistemology


Unit 5: Philosophy of Mind


Unit 6: Metaphysics


Unit 7: An introduction to Logic


Unit 8: Philosophy of Religion


Unit 9: Aesthetics


Unit 10: Philosophy of History



Entry Requirement/Progression

Entry to this level three course requires that potential students have gained GCSE/IGCSE or equivalent qualifications and have, good English oral, reading and writing skills. Advice on enrolment and prior learning 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.



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.

Additional information

Specification: Accredited Level 3 Diploma in Philosophy


The course has TWO Tutor Marked Assignment (TMA); which are graded: Pass or Fail. 1 at the end of units 5 & 10

Study Hours

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.


The whole course MUST be completed and both assignments graded PASS to gain the “Oxford Learning College Level Three Diploma in Philosopy”

Course Fee: £850.00 Fees can be paid by instalments.


The coursework is assessed through continuous assessment with no formal exit examinations.

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