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Critical Thinking A Level at Wallington High School for Girls

Course description

(Critical Thinking is an optional subject that can be taken in addition to a student’s core AS and A2 levels). Critical Thinking is the analytical thinking which underlies all rational discourse and enquiry. It is characterized by a meticulous and rigorous approach. As an academic discipline, it is unique in that it explicitly focuses on the processes inv
olved in being rational. Furthermore, Critical Thinking provides a strong foundation for the
LNAT, MCAT and other university aptitude examinations.

Course content

AS-level

Unit 1
Introduction to Critical Thinking; in this unit, students will learn how to break
arguments down into distinct components. They will also develop the tools
needed to assess the credibility of documents and individuals.

Unit 2
Assessing Arguments; in this unit, students will learn how to evaluate
arguments by spotting various species of logical fallacy; they will also learn
how to develop their own logically rigorous arguments.

AS Assessment 2 exams each worth 50% of the final grade

A2 level Unit 3
Ethical reasoning and decision making; in attempting to answer the question
‘what is the right thing to do?’ students will explore and apply the ethical
frameworks of, amongst others, John Rawls and Robert Nozick.

Unit 4
Critical Reasoning; students will apply the sum of their learning so far to more
complex and challenging arguments; recent examination topics have focused
on debates in bioethics and criminal law.

A2 Assessment
2 exams each worth 50% of the final grade

Entry requirements

An interest in improving one’s ability to think critically.
A desire to argue.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wallington High School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 28 September 2016
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