I'm thinking of taking philosophy (along with english lit and history) via NEC (an online long distance learning program), and I was wondering how the work load would possibly be. I've always had an interest in philosophy so I think I will greatly enjoy this subject.
However, I'd like to know how the subject is in general, for example, what are the key skills you need in order to do well?, is it a fairly ok subject to /understand?, how many hours a day would I need to put in everyday (or week) in order to get an A* grade with minimum outside help?
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- 25-07-2017 11:17
Hi LilyRose - if you're looking to take the Philosophy A Level course with us, some essay-writing skills are essential. If you're looking to take the A Level English Literature and History as well then you would be learning how to answer essay questions in all three subjects, which will help a lot, and you can download a course sample from our site to get an idea of what to expect from the course. The last opportunity to sit exams for the current specification would be in 2018, so depending on when you want to sit your exams you will need to fit around 250-300 working hours into the next year, not including the time you would spend on the course assignments, so you'd be looking at around 8-9 hours on the course per week roughly speaking. On the other hand, we will be launching the new A Level Philosophy course for the new specification later in the year, so you could instead sit your exams in 2019 for that course and give yourself more time. Do please get in touch if there are any questions we can help you with!