AS Level Thinking Skills (also known as ‘Critical Thinking’) was developed to allow students to demonstrate more sophisticated, complex and mature ways of thinking. You will learn how to approach information and problems, how to break them down, understand, analyse and ultimately resolve them. You will be encouraged to express and debate your ideas, think critically and investigatively, and to apply informed and disciplined reasoning to your arguments.
The ‘Problem Solving’ component assesses your ability to analyse numerical and graphical information, based on real-life situations. You will develop your ability to analyse arguments; judge the relevance and significance of information; evaluate claims, inferences, arguments and explanations; construct clear and coherent arguments and form well-reasoned judgements and decisions. These are transferable skills which complement other A Levels, university courses and a wide range of careers, including accounting, business, engineering, law, philosophy, and social sciences.
Note that our experienced University Services Adviser can advise on A Level courses and all aspects of university entrance. If you are considering taking Thinking Skills as one of your subjects for university entrance, you are advised to check with your chosen universities that they will accept this subject for entrance. Some universities may not do so.
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The problem solving element of this course involves handling numerical data and applying the right numerical techniques to find solution. It is not a test of mathematical abilities, but students must be comfortable with using different forms of data to find outcomes. For AS, candidates need to be familiar with basic mathematical techniques to Primary School Level.A Level Entry Requirements
The course prepares you for the Cambridge (CIE) Syllabus 9694. Exams take place in June and November.
For the AS in Thinking Skills, you will sit the following 2 papers:
Paper 1: Problem Solving – 50% of the AS grade and 25% of the overall A Level grade (1 hour and 45 minutes) Paper 2: Critical Thinking – 50% of the AS grade and 25% of the overall A Level grade (1 hour and 45 minutes)
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The fee for Cambridge AS Level Thinking Skills is £475 via instalments (initial payment of £99 and 8 monthly instalments of £47.) There is a discount of 5% for payment in full reducing the fee to £451.
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