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Critical Thinking AS Level at Little Heath School

Course description

Studying AS Critical Thinking allows you to develop key thinking skills that can be used throughout your studies and in everyday life. In par ticular, you will learn how to analyse, evaluate and develop arguments as well as to make reasoned judgements about the trustwor thiness of sources of information.

Course content

Unit one: On screen unit

The language of reasoning


Unit two: Written unit

Analysing arguments

Evaluating arguments

Developing arguments

Entry requirements

You need a minimum of five GCSE passes at Grades A*-C to study this course, including a Grade B in History if studied, as well as a Grade B pass in English Language and English Literature.We do consider applications from students with lower grades who have an aptitude for this kind of course. An interest in reasoned debate and discussion is important.


Both untis at AS are assessed by a terminal examination, with a combination of multiple choice, short answer and long ansdwer questions. Students are required to write two structured and persuasuive arguments of their own.

Future opportunities

Universities appreciate the reasoning skills students have developed on the course and a number of them now recognise the qualification in terms of its UCAS points. The kills developed are especially useful for reasoning aptitude tests that some university courses require - for example, the Law School Aptitutde Test (LSAT). Critical Thinking skills are of benefit in preparation for a wide range of careers, including those in law, journalism, medicine, business and accounting.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Little Heath School directly.

Last updated date: 10 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years