Philosophy and ethics vs Economics AS-level ?Watch
What is the workload like for these subjects ?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).