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Critical Thinking AS Level at John Hampden Grammar School

Course description

Unlike all the rest of the A level syllabus' this subject is designed to impart not factual knowledge but skills – and the skills are those needed for other A levels – reasoning analysis and evaluative approaches, in particular it aims to develop skills used in debate – those of argument and analysis. For this reason it is a subject valued very highly by the top performing universities which are looking for ways to differentiate between students who all apply with good A Levels.

Oxford and Cambridge, the LSE and the Russell Group of Universities are all thinking of using critical thinking as an entrance discriminator. It would also be particularly interesting for those intending to go into the law or for those whose ambitions are to end up at the top of their chosen profession.


  • The language of reasoning
  • Credibility
  • Analysis of argument
  • Evaluating arguments
  • Developing measured arguments

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are as follows – all of these requirements must be met:

  • A minimum of 7 GCSE full course passes at a C grade or higher
  • A minimum GCSE total points score of 344 based on the best 8 full course separate subject GCSE passes
  • A minimum C grade in English Language and Mathematics

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John Hampden Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 30 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year