Philosophy and ethics vs Economics AS-level ?

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which of these did you enjoy the most at AS-level ? Did you find them easy/difficult ? What would you say is the better subject to do for a 4th AS ?
What is the workload like for these subjects ?
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I can only pick one , which one did you enjoy the most ?
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Economics is terrible at A Level. Haven't done philosophy and ethics but A Level Economics is a joke, only really outclassed in that regard by A Level Business Studies.
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I did Philosophy and Ethics AS and A2 in one year and really enjoyed it. At AS the most difficult thing is getting into the mindset of philosophy and understanding new concepts. But once you have that down it becomes a lot easier. I mean, most of the ethical theories in Ethics are pretty logical when you think about it. At A2 I would say that the content is relatively the same in terms of difficulty, but the exam technique is definitely a lot more difficult to get down.
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Economics is terrible at A Level. Haven't done philosophy and ethics but A Level Economics is a joke, only really outclassed in that regard by A Level Business Studies.
why do you say that ?
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I did Philosophy and Ethics AS and A2 in one year and really enjoyed it. At AS the most difficult thing is getting into the mindset of philosophy and understanding new concepts. But once you have that down it becomes a lot easier. I mean, most of the ethical theories in Ethics are pretty logical when you think about it. At A2 I would say that the content is relatively the same in terms of difficulty, but the exam technique is definitely a lot more difficult to get down.
yeah i am mostly worried about the philosophy aspect because i don't know if i will be able to understand all the concepts, after looking through some books some look really confusing.
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why do you say that ?
Economics A Level has very little material and is crippled by the fact that they don't treat it as it should be - essentially applied mathematics. Business Studies is like a lol version of economics.
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Economics A Level has very little material and is crippled by the fact that they don't treat it as it should be - essentially applied mathematics. Business Studies is like a lol version of economics.
Maybe this has changed ? I will be doing a new specification for economics, which is said to be more closely related to the progression onto an economics degree.
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yeah i am mostly worried about the philosophy aspect because i don't know if i will be able to understand all the concepts, after looking through some books some look really confusing.
What I found really helped me in terms of understanding is remaining open minded. There are definitely gonna be a lot of wtf moments when your learning the content, but I suppose you just can't attempt to understand the concepts from a superficial standpoint. Its kind of like English, in a way, in that you need to be really analytical in your understanding.
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Maybe this has changed ? I will be doing a new specification for economics, which is said to be more closely related to the progression onto an economics degree.
Possibly, basing this off my experience 5 years ago.
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What I found really helped me in terms of understanding is remaining open minded. There are definitely gonna be a lot of wtf moments when your learning the content, but I suppose you just can't attempt to understand the concepts from a superficial standpoint. Its kind of like English, in a way, in that you need to be really analytical in your understanding.
Thanks, also in terms of essays are they more focused on arguing for and against certain views or explaining and analyzing them ?
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Thanks, also in terms of essays are they more focused on arguing for and against certain views or explaining and analyzing them ?
At AS, there are two parts to the questions. Part A is basically: "Tell me everything you know about such-and-such". Part B is the bit where you argue for and against certain views. At A2, there is only one question that incorporates the two parts at AS. You have to both argue for and against certain views, in addition to evaluating them.
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At AS, there are two parts to the questions. Part A is basically: "Tell me everything you know about such-and-such". Part B is the bit where you argue for and against certain views. At A2, there is only one question that incorporates the two parts at AS. You have to both argue for and against certain views, in addition to evaluating them.
Thank you, did you find the workload manageable at AS and what grade did you get ? Did you find it easy/difficult overall at AS ?
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Thank you, did you find the workload manageable at AS and what grade did you get ? Did you find it easy/difficult overall at AS ?
The workload at AS was definitely manageable. Once you've got the gist of the theories, it's simply a matter of getting the extra reading done. You need the detail at AS to access the higher bands. Overall, I'd say in comparison to A2 it's definitely easier once you've got your head around it. Dunno what grade I've got yet, as I did AS and A2 in one year (hoping for an A).
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The workload at AS was definitely manageable. Once you've got the gist of the theories, it's simply a matter of getting the extra reading done. You need the detail at AS to access the higher bands. Overall, I'd say in comparison to A2 it's definitely easier once you've got your head around it. Dunno what grade I've got yet, as I did AS and A2 in one year (hoping for an A).
Good luck , what extra reading would you recommend ?
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Good luck , what extra reading would you recommend ?
Ahaa, cheers. I'd recommend Jill Oliphant's stuff on both Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics. Definitely relied on her a lot to get me through my exams. That is of course assuming that your exam board is OCR. A part from that, just google haha. Make sure you cross reference the stuff you find with your teacher, however, because it could be a load of bs.
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I can only pick one , which one did you enjoy the most ?
Heart is with philosophy, head is with economics
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Heart is with philosophy, head is with economics
why do you say that ? which did you find the easiest ?
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