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 are also suitable for students and teachers of AQA, OCR, and Edexcel philosophy of religion and ethics. All events are facilitated by Dr Michael Lacewing, a professional philosopher, who has been working with teachers and students in schools for 10 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 at http://cw.routledge.com/textbooks/philosophy. ALP continues to host free resources for A level religious studies.
The AQA have released a new A Level specification for immediate teaching from September 2014, available here: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/philosophy/a-level/philosophy-2175
New syllabus sample chapter and handouts
The new Routledge textbook and companion website will not be available until August. Here is a sample of a chapter from the new textbook: Chp 2 Epistemology – Perception
To support the preparation of teaching, ALP are releasing in advance a number of handouts based on the new textbook. Click here to see the handouts.
A new AS textbook written by Michael Lacewing to support this new syllabus will be published by Routledge in August 2014. You can pre-order the book on the Routledge online catalogue. A new A2 textbook will follow. Both textbooks will have a companion website with additional resources such as handouts, powerpoints and reading lists.
(The table of contents on the catalogue page is incorrect. The correct contents are: Ch 1 How to do Philosophy, Ch 2 Epistemology, Ch 3 Philosophy of Religion, Ch 4 Preparing for the Exam. A separate commentary on Descartes’ Meditations will be available on the companion website.)
(You can order Michael Lacewing’s existing textbooks for AS and A2 philosophy from Routledge: Philosophy for AS, Philosophy for A2: Philosophical Problems, and Philosophy for A2: Key Themes. A companion website accompanies the books.)
ALP have INSET days this summer to support the new syllabus and each area of teaching in turn. Please see our revised list: http://www.alevelphilosophy.co.uk/events/conferences-for-teachers/