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A' Level Critical Thinking (Full AS/A2)

eDistance Learning
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Length: 300 hours
Price: 393.80 GBP 315.04 GBP
Location: Distance

A' Level Critical Thinking (Full AS/A2)

eDistance Learning

A' Level Critical Thinking (Full AS/A2)

A distance learning course is the ideal way to gain an A' Level in Critical Thinking. Whether you're looking to go on to further education, improve your job prospects or expand your knowledge, distance learning A' Level Critical Thinking is a flexible and convenient course, which allows you to comprehensively prepare for the A Level exam through home study. What's more, because the distance learning A' Level Critical Thinking course is a fully comprehensive course, no prior knowledge is required.

A Level Critical Thinking offers students the opportunity to explore a wide-range of real-world texts in a critical way. Critical Thinking is concerned with analysing and evaluating arguments that we find in our everyday lives. Central to critical thinking is the skill of looking for evidence provided in written arguments. As well as being a lively and engaging subject, Critical Thinking can be a very useful way to support the study of other subjects and improve your performance in other subjects, as it develops your understanding of how a persuasive argument may be made.

Suitability - Who should attend?

Students probably need to have passed GCSE level English Language to do well on the course. There is no mathematics element but there is a need to have a go at interpreting figures and understanding some basic mathematical concepts such as averages and percentages at a fairly basic level.

This course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about Critical Thinking and would like to take part in a highly rewarding home study course. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and study further, so we try to keep our entry requirements to a minimum.

You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 24 months from initial registration with full tutor support.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

The titles of the qualifications as will appear on certificates are:

OCR Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Critical Thinking
OCR Advanced Level GCE in Critical Thinking

Both AS and A2 level courses and examinations must be successfully completed to gain a full A level.PLEASE NOTE : Assessment is by written examination in May/ June of year of study.

SpecificationExam board: OCR AS Exam Code: H052A2 Exam Code: H452

Training Course Content

The A' Level Critical Thinking course is divided into four comprehensive units:


Part A – the language of reasoning

3.1.1 What is an argument?
- What is an argument?
- Some basic rules of arguments
- Using common notation as shorthand

3.1.2 The elements of an argument
- What are argument indicators?
- Counter arguments
- The use of counter claims
- Providing evidence
- Providing examples
- Hypothetical reasoning
- Assumptions

3.1.3 How strong is the evidence in a reason?
- Evaluating evidence
- How big was the sample?
- Was the sample representative?
- How and when was the evidence collected?
- How is the evidence presented?
- Alternative interpretations of statistics
- How well does a reason support the conclusion?

Part B – Credibility

3.1.4 What is credibility?
3.1.5 Credibility criteriaIs the evidence plausible?
- Is the source an eye witness?
- Is there corroboration?
- To what extent are different sources consistent with each other?
- Is there any suggestion of bias?
- Does the source have a vested interest?
- Is the source neutral?
- Can the source be seen as expert?
- Does the source have a positive reputation?

3.1.6 A guide to the unit one exam
- How the exam works
- What do I need to be able to do?
- How to give a good answer
- Practice makes perfect!


Part A – Further points on components

3.2.1 Some things that are not an argument
- Explanation
- Description
- Opinion

3.2.2 Intermediate conclusions
3.2.3 Analogies
3.2.4 Principles
3.2.5 Drawing conclusions

Part B – spotting problems with an argument - types of flaw

3.2.6 Inconsistency and contradiction
3.2.7 Types of flawWrong actions
- Unwarranted assumption of a causal relationship
- Generalisation
- Restricting the options
- Slippery slope
- Circular argument
- Confusing necessary and sufficient conditions
- Conflation
- Straw person
- Ad hominem flaws
- Arguing from one thing to another
3.2.8 Irrelevant appeals

Part C – Developing your own reasoned argument
Part D – Guide to the unit 2 exam


3.3.1 Ethical reasoningConflicting ideas
- Social, political, religious and moral factors
- More on hypothetical reasoning
- Different responses, different criteria

3.3.2 Dilemmas, applying principles and decision making
- The nature of a dilemma
- Constructing arguments


3.4.1 Analysis and evaluation of complex arguments
- Assumptions
- Valid and invalid arguments
- Syllogisms
- Sustained suppositional reasoning
- Sustained counter-argument
- Relationship between components
- Independent or joint?
- Smaller arguments, counter arguments and explanations
- Not part of an argument?
- Evaluating strength and weakness

3.4.2 Developing your own cogent and complex arguments"


The enrolment fee for the A' Level Critical Thinking (Full AS/A2) course is £393,75(incl. VAT), though for a limited time we are offering you the opportunity to pay only £315,0(incl. VAT) which is a 20% discount if you enrol online and pay in full.

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Reviews by course attendees

Lee   |   22/04/2015   |   eDistance Learning
I have found the course very engaging and educative.My last tutor has been very helpful and gave me an encouragement through the duration of the course.
Carrie   |   22/04/2015   |   eDistance Learning
The course was very good.The positive and constructive feedback from the tutor helped me to give my best.Now I'm looking forward to study for the A2 level.
Henry   |   22/04/2015   |   eDistance Learning
I had good time studying for this course.I'm working and so studying through distance learning was helpful for me as I could study at my own pace.
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