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    Hi guys.

    I'm very keen on doing AS Philosophy in the summer. I'm in Year 13 and I'm doing 4 A2's (well, 5 really, but GS is meeeh!) in Chemistry, Biology, English Language and German. I'm wanting to study Psychology and I'm wanting to do another AS in an essay-writing/arty subject, just for a change. My school doesn't offer Philosophy or religious studies for GCSE or A-level so I'd have to self-teach, which doesn't sound terribly bad! I've had to do that for two Chemistry modules due to awful teaching, so I think I've developed a style to do it if you get me.

    I'm umming and arring about what exam board to choose, as they're pretyt different. I've considered OCR Philosophy and Ethics (which is under Religious Studies I understand?) and AQA Philosophy. Thing is with AQA, the textbook doesn't look very good and doesn't seem to be many resources. However, the OCR book is packed full of resources and OCR books are, although littered with spacker mistakes (lol), are dead good! Problem is with OCR, is that the spec says the qualification will be titled as AS Religious Studies, which isn't exactly what I'm wanting lol I wouldn't mind doing a bit of philosophy of religion as aprt of the cours ebut it seems VERY hefty on that! :p: What I like about AQA is that it seems to be pure Philosophy, which gets me kinda randy!

    Another thing I'm meaning to ask is how hard it is. I plan to basically work through the textbook and do some research on some Philosophers which are necessary. I have a genuine interest in Philosophy and thinkg I should put it to good use and get an AS out of it.

    The OCR exams are advantageous because they fall in a week in June when I have no exams around it! The AQA dates are still good, but I have an AS Chem resit and (possibly, if I've done dreadful) a German resit, and all of them are AM! So could be one butch day.:o:

    Does anybody have any recommendation as to which course I should choose and as to how to go about entering myself for it? If so, thanks loads in advance!

    Sorry, I've rambled for ages there! Thanks if you've spared the time for helping.
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    I did OCR phil and reg and I self taght, as I self teach all mine really. It is easy but not much fun hence why I stopped learning it right after I had ben entered for the exam lol. Also, with OCR you will have both exams one after the other which is annoying, trust me.

    I would suggest going for either AQA or Edexcel. The book may not be good but it will have all the crap in it that you have to learn.

    Good luck.

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    (Original post by paddy__power)
    I did OCR phil and reg and I self taght, as I self teach all mine really. It is easy but not much fun hence why I stopped learning it right after I had ben entered for the exam lol. Also, with OCR you will have both exams one after the other which is annoying, trust me.

    I would suggest going for either AQA or Edexcel. The book may not be good but it will have all the crap in it that you have to learn.

    Good luck.

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    I had a look on the Edexcel website but couldn't find anything on Philosophy. Typed Philosophy GCE into the search box nd it practically spat in mi face. :|
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    I don't take philosophy, but I have to agree with you that AQA textbooks (especially the Nelson Thornton (?) ones) are just BLEH. There may be a friendly textbook for AQA somewhere, mind.

    OCR textbooks are brilliant, but do they have the Heinemann one which is the same style as their science ones? They're brilliant.

    Must remind you not to put too much pressure on yourself., especially doing an entire AS in a few months. Your social life might be affected, especially if you're aiming for the highest grade possible.
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    I did AQA and I used Understanding Philosophy for AS Level: AQA (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...ya_oh_product). I wouldn't worry about having enough resources. http://rsrevision.com/ and that book is all I used.
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    TBH if you have the internet you will have the specificiation, if you have the specificication and the internet you will be fine.

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    (Original post by mathew551)

    Must remind you not to put too much pressure on yourself., especially doing an entire AS in a few months. Your social life might be affected, especially if you're aiming for the highest grade possible.
    Yeah, that's the worry. I've sacrificed my social life quite a bit this year after my AS results weren't what I expected, so I've sworn this year is all about work and minimal play (only so much as to keep me healthy)

    I've sat my English A2 early, so, if I get a good grade in March, I'll just have the coursework, which will be in for April to be moderated and all that, so I have quite a bit of spare time! Pretty much, I won't be officially putting it down on paper until then, if my Jan exams have went well. Until then though I might start looking into the topics and getting an insight, especially into the exams, what they're like and dig-out some model answers.

    With it being an AS, the exams are in May, so it's well before I start doing hardcore revision for my A2 subjects, which is pretty smashing.
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    So how do I go about entering myself for an exam. The AQA specification mentions how I have to write to them or something?
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    (Original post by AnthonyShock)
    So how do I go about entering myself for an exam. The AQA specification mentions how I have to write to them or something?
    If you want to do AQA you should probably write to them then for the 'Supplementary Guidance for Private Candidates. :p: (I had a nose around their specification too!) I'd imagine that'll probably give you the info about how to go about entering yourself.

    As a side note, I do AQA Philosophy AS and thoroughly enjoy it. It's the only board to do straight Philosophy and there seem to be a lot of interesting topics you can cover. The exam seems like it'll be quite straight forward but there's loads of work/revision- you need to know the syllabus inside out. Obviously though, I don't know how that compares with other exam boards.
 
 
 

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