Additional Studies including the Thinking Skills AS level
Specification: Cambridge International Thinking Skills (9694)
Qualification type: non-linear international AS level qualifications recognised in UK and around the world
Subject Description: The CIE Thinking Skills AS level will be taken at the end of Year 12. The course will cover general knowledge and current affairs topics, study skills for analysis and debate, UCAS and ‘next steps’ preparation, and other elements of PSHE & character education.
The Thinking Skills syllabus also enables students to approach their other subjects with an improved ability to understand, analyse and resolve problems.
Two components: Problem Solving and Critical Thinking.
Problem Solving - extract and process relevant data, search and find procedures for tackling problems, use spatial reasoning, make hypotheses to explain variations, and come to choices and decisions.
Critical Thinking - the emphasis is on language - recognising, analysing and evaluating reasoned arguments and conclusions, as well as flawed ones, detecting implicit assumptions, assessing the impact of evidence, and being able to infer and deduce.
How is the course assessed?
Year 12 - two 1¾ hour papers, externally assessed, each worth 50% of the total marks for AS.
Paper 1 (Problem Solving) consists of 30 multiple choice questions, and Paper 2 (Critical Thinking) contains 3 structured answer tasks worth 15 marks each.
Year 13 progression
Year 13 - Additional Studies encompasses UCAS and ‘next steps’ preparation and options such as Thinking Skills A level, Extended Project Qualification and other enrichment activities such as volunteering or work experience.
The course will be of great benefit when preparing for higher education and for a wide range of careers, including law, scientific research, social science, journalism, medicine, business, accounting and engineering. The Thinking Skills syllabus encourages free and open debate, critical and investigative thinking, informed and disciplined reasoning, which are highly valued by universities and employers.
Teacher responsible: Mrs C Robinson