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Critical Thinking at Landau Forte College

Course description

The course seeks to sharpen self awareness about thought processes and to sharpen problem solving skills. In addition the course will focus on the credibility of a wide range of sources and encourage students to recognize bias and other forms of vested interest. Students will learn the language of reasoning, how to analyse the arguments of others and to assess strengths and weaknesses in arguments. As a consequence students will develop their own abilities to construct a well-reasoned argument.

Unit 1: Introduction to Critical Thinking (40%) Unit 2: Assessing and Developing Argument (60%)

This is a skills-based course; while the skills remain constant, the topics studied will vary to reflect all areas of general knowledge.

Recent past papers have used passages based on the 1969 moon landing, the sinking of the Titanic, the value of single-sex education and the environment.

The course will be delivered in two hours per fortnight. As a result, this course does not count as one of the four main subject choices. Those interested in studying this course should indicate their preference on their Pathway Application Form. There will be a launch meeting at the start of Year 12 for students to hear more about the course and to reconfirm their choice.

Assessment will be in the form of terminal examinations, both of which will be taken at the end of Year 12. There will be a mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions, along with some longer written answers for Unit 2.

Entry requirements

8 GCSEs graded A* to A including English AND Mathematics

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Landau Forte College directly.

Last updated date: 02 July 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years