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Philosophy for Beginners - Step 1

Course Code:PL2127F

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This course will help you develop your knowledge and understanding of Philosophy.

What the course is about

During this course you will explore the subject of Philosophy. This subject will support you to explore the way we think and how we question and discuss important ideas.

Topics that may be covered:

  • Foundational thinkers in Philosophy: Socrates, Plato & Aristotle etc.

  • Explore a range of subjects that may be of interest – this can be led by the interests of those attending.

 The course will hopefully lead to a deeper understanding of the most important questions that have struck humanity over the last four thousand years, and potentially further training in philosophy.

All our courses are made up of elements of speaking & listening, reading and writing, and you will work on these elements throughout the course.

Some of the skills you gain on this course could help increase your opportunities for employment or working within the community. Learning takes place in a friendly classroom setting, which is a great place for social interaction and helping you meet new people.

This course is subsidised by Government funding so you should aim to attend the whole course.

Pre-course information session or interview

There are no Pre-course information sessions or interviews in order to enrol on this course.

Please be aware that sometimes people share personal information and that anything of this nature discussed within the course is confidential.

Assessment of progress, tests, exams

Your tutor will work with you to develop a Personal Development Plan (PDP) which will help you review your progress towards achieving your goals during the course.

There is no qualification or examination attached to this course.

Who the course is for / Previous experience, knowledge or qualifications

This is a beginner's course and you will be expected to have no or a little experience in the subject. You will benefit from an open mind and a willingness to learn.

You will need to have a computer that has a working camera and microphone with internet access to enable you to join the online course which is delivered via Microsoft Teams. To get you started on this online course we can arrange remote digital support, please let us know if you require this when you enrol.

Materials and costs

Please have a pen and notebook with you. You will need to have a computer that has a working camera and microphone with internet access to enable you to join the online course which is delivered via Microsoft Teams. To get you started on this online course we can arrange remote digital support, please let us know if you require this when you enrol.

Next Step

Following the successful completion of this workshop, you may be interested in other courses at the next levels may be offered by Skills & Learning or other local providers. The next step in your learning will be: Philosophy for Beginners – Step 2

Additional information

English, maths and computing skills: all of our courses support the development of relevant English, maths and computing skills.

Refunds: please see details of our cancellation policy in our Terms and Conditions on our website or in our brochure.

Attendance: before enrolling you should ensure that you can attend all classes offered as far as possible

Places on courses: some of our courses will be in high demand and if you have been offered a place but no longer require it, please advise us immediately as you may be preventing another learner from the taking the place. Where learners do not attend the first session, without having given prior notice, Skills & Learning reserve the right to offer the place on the course to another learner and you will not be eligible to a refund it its outside of the terms outlined in our cancellation policy. 

Fully funded learners: if you have been offered a fully funded place on a course and no longer require it, you must advise us before the course starts so that your place can be offered to someone else. We reserve the right to withdraw future offers of fully funded places if you regularly do not start or complete funded courses.

Home study: you may be required to do some study at home between sessions to assist with your learning and progress.

Qualification Levels: there is further information about qualification levels on our website. Some courses will have learners of different levels being taught in the same class with differentiated learning materials and activities appropriate to the qualification level.

Proof of identity: please bring photographic ID and your National Insurance number with you to your first session. You will also need to provide it for any external examinations you take.

Off-site activities: with some courses, there may be the opportunity for off-site enrichment activities at additional cost, for example: gallery, museum or exhibition visits. Where this is an integral part of the course, your tutor will discuss the arrangements with you during your induction.

Parking at Centres: parking at centres may be limited, please be prepared to use on street parking or pay and display car parks. For information regarding each centre, please visit the venue section of our website

Refreshments: tea/coffee or vending machine(s) are available at some venues. Further information can be found in the venue section of our website

Unspent Criminal Convictions we require learners to disclose any unspent criminal convictions. Please refer to

If you have any accessibility or disability issues that we need to accommodate or if you think you may need any other support to complete your chosen course please contact: 01202 262300 or e-mail All enquiries are treated in confidence.


Course Details

Start Date31 October 2023



Time10:00 - 12:00

Duration5 weeks

SubjectPsychology, Sociology and Biology


Fees and concessions

The total charge for this course is £65. Concessions £33.

PL, PS and PM courses can be paid for upfront in full, with an Instalment Plan, or upfront discounted with our concessionary fee. Find out more about our concessionary discount here.


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