A Level Philosophy (ALP) provides training and resources for teachers and students of A Level philosophy and religious studies for Years 12 and 13. We also organise talks and conferences in schools.
Our INSET days for teachers and conferences for students cover material for the AS and A2 level exams in AQA Philosophy, and may also be of interest for those taking the International Baccalaureate. Our events on philosophy of religion and on ethics may also be suitable for students and teachers of AQA, OCR, and Edexcel philosophy of religion and ethics (please check individual event programmes for details).
All events are facilitated by Dr Michael Lacewing, a professional philosopher, who has been working with teachers and students in schools for 12 years. You can read what students and teachers have thought of our past events.
ALP has also developed the UK’s premier on-line collection of resources for A level philosophy, written by Michael Lacewing, which is hosted by the publishers Routledge. ALP continues to host free resources for A level religious studies.
New Syllabus for 2017
The AQA have released their draft specifications for the new Philosophy AS and A Levels for teaching from September 2017. They state that the specifications not yet been accredited by Ofqual, so further changes may be required and they give no assurance that the specifications will be accredited in their current form.
The AS specification, specimen papers and mark schemes are available here: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/philosophy/as-and-a-level/philosophy-7171
The A Level specification, specimen papers and mark schemes are available here: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/philosophy/as-and-a-level/philosophy-7172
The specifications set out the way that the AQA interprets and develops the subject content for philosophy announced by the DfE last December: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/gce-as-and-a-level-philosophy.
Both Michael Lacewing’s textbooks for the existing syllabus, Philosophy for AS and Philosophy for A2, have a companion website where you can order the books and find additional resources such as handouts, powerpoints and reading lists.
ALP have INSET days to support the existing and new syllabus and each area of teaching in turn.