A Level Philosophy (ALP) was started by Michael Lacewing in June 2003 to support and encourage the teaching of philosophy in Years 12 and 13. Its purpose is to provide training, conferences, and talks for teachers and students, on the philosophical topics that form part of the various AS and A2 level syllabi studied in Years 12 and 13. These include the AS level and A2 level exams in AQA philosophy, the philosophy of religion and ethics stream of the AQA, OCR, and Edexcel religious studies A level syllabi, and the International Baccalaureate.
There are three types of events that ALP offers:
First, we organise conferences for students at regular intervals, usually in November and February/March.
Second, we organise two rounds of training for teachers a year – in October/November and June. These have limited places, and are designed to help both with the difficult philosophical topics of the syllabus and the distinct issues and challenges for teaching raised by the nature of philosophical argument.
Third, we organise talks and conferences at schools on request, from an after-dinner address to a full day conference with three speakers.
From 2004, ALP developed the UK’s premier web resource for philosophy at A level. Handouts and PowerPoints relating to the AQA Philosophy syllabus are hosted by Routledge. Materials relating to the Religious Studies syllabi are available in the ALP resources centre.
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