You are also given the opportunity to study AS Critical Thinking during year thirteen. This will be delivered over two hours per week but you will be expected to partake in additional independent study throughout the year.
Critical Thinking is a skills-based rather than content-based AS Level. It develops the ability to interpret, analyse and evaluate ideas and arguments and can support thinking skills in all subject areas, from arts and humanities to sciences. It is a is a form of reflective reasoning that analyses and evaluates information and arguments by applying a range of intellectual skills in order to reach clear, logical and coherent judgements within a given context.
You will develop a good grasp of analysis, an understanding of what constitutes a sound argument, knowing how to spot flaws and weaknesses in the reasoning, and the ability to compose coherent and focused arguments are all at the heart of academic endeavour.
There are two units for this AS level which each have an 90 minute exam. Both exams are taken at the end of the academic year.
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You will be able to transfer the skills developed directly onto your higher education study. At the heart of Critical Thinking it is developing your ability to reason and to evaluate.
Leeds University says “Critical thinking is an important skill which should be applied to all aspects of university education. Students need to be able to think critically about the resources and information they use in their studies; they need to be critical when reading the work of others; their writing needs to show they have the ability to weigh up different arguments and perspectives and can express their own opinions based on sound judgements.”