(Original post by longsightdon)
Yeah I probably will drop it at the end of year 12. In terms of the essay writing, what is it like? Is it just like GCSE where u spew out all the information which you know, or do the essays actually require structure and linking etc like in English? Also, would u say it is a difficult subject or if it has a huge workload/learning? Thanks.
If my memory serves me right, at AS level, the essay structures are a lot simpler than at A2 - it's probably not a huge step up from GCSE, but it does require you to be analytical and explain
something is the case rather than just regurgitate the information you've memorized. Particularly on part B questions, they will often be something about assessing the usefulness of a particular theory on a particular topic - eg. how useful is Christianity for talking about euthanasia?
But as I say, AS essay writing is nothing too strenuous - so don't let that be something that would put you off.
At AS it is not what I would consider a difficult subject - but then again, I am an essay-writing student - not a science or maths person. Someone in my AS class really struggled with the philosophy side of the course, because you are introduced to philosophical ideas for (probably) the first time, it can take a little time to understand concepts like Anselm's
Ontological argument, or Kant's moral argument for the existence of God.
Workload: definitely not overwhelming. Of course, it depends on how much homework and essays your teachers set you, but I found it very manageable.
Although, if you're aiming for an A-grade, you should be doing some extra reading and research, hopefully your school will have lots of books you can consult on particular topics. But again, you're not going to have to read anything monstrous like Aquinas' 'Summa Theologica'