Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking is a skills-based rather than a content-based A-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. Critical Thinking offers students the opportunity to improve important skills which are useful in both academic study and work situations.

Students have the option to take AS-level Critical Thinking in Year 13 which is taught for one hour each week. Many students take the course as part of the AQA Baccalaureate, but it can be studied as a standalone qualification. Students who may have to sit entrance tests for their chosen course or university may find the course particularly useful.

Studying Critical Thinking enables students to:

  • understand and analyse what other people say and write
  • decide whether other people’s reasoning is strong or weak
  • assert their own point of view and argue convincingly

Critical Thinking is interesting, useful and fun.