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Critical Thinking AS-Level at Kendrick Academy

Course description

Critical Thinking at AS level teaches skills needed for studying virtually any subject, so universities welcome it as an additional qualification. You learn how to assess arguments by identifying and naming flaws in their reasoning, acquire a set of tools for measuring the credibility of different sources of information and find out how to evaluate evidence about topical issues. In addition you discover how to write logically structured and convincing arguments of your own.

Course content

If you are considering the Extended Project Qualification towards the end of Year 12, AS Critical Thinking would be excellent preparation, helping you to evaluate the data uncovered in your research. Alternatively you could continue to A2 Critical Thinking in Year 13. This develops the same skills at a higher level and engages you in moral reasoning and decision-making. We examine current controversial issues such as imprisoning terrorist suspects, bioethics and dealing with prison overcrowding and we discuss how moral philosophers would approach such problems.

As Critical Thinking is skills-based rather than heavily content-based, we consider that one hour per week teaching time plus less than an hour's homework is adequate preparation at AS and A2, so students are not over-loaded. The skills acquired are particularly useful for Law, journalism, Social Sciences and university entrance tests such as BMAT.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kendrick Academy directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year