How do I convince my teacher to let me take A level philosophy early?Watch
In November/December, I borrowed an A level textbook (Metaphysics of God and Metaphysics of Mind) and throughout the past term, I have been applying this content to what we've been doing in class - the existence of God and dualism/physicalism. This clearly hasn't gone unnoticed by either of my two teachers, and I have approached one of them several times with questions, so I would think that he knows of my interest.
In about Febuary, I asked the same teacher if it would be possible to sit GCSE religious studies earlier than the rest of my year group (at the time, I was not aware how little time that would give me to learn two years of content). This was mainly with the intention of getting to A levels faster. After a few days they decided as a department that they were unable to allow me to do it, and told me that I was better off sticking to the normal pace.
However, last week, my teacher came to me asking for a list of the topics I have looked at in the A level curriculum, and he said that they are going to reconsider moving me either a year or two up. Since I am in year 9, and the change would be in the coming September, the jump would either be to year 11 (like I originally asked for) or year 12, which is obviously the beginning of the A level philosophy course. He will test me after my internal exams, which are 2 weeks after I come back from the holidays.
So far, I have attempted an essay, and have recently just sent off my second attempt for him to look at, and I have been looking at the mark schemes so I know what kind of questions I will be faced with when my teacher sends them to me. Is there anything else that I could do to possibly increase the likelihood of being moved up to A level/maybe speed up the decision? I know this doesn't sound like a good situation, especially given my track record, but it really isn't as bad as it sounds..
Also, are you hoping to study Philosophy A level or Religious Studies (Philosophy and Ethics)? they are 2 different A levels
Reading round the subject is great in prepartion for studying the A level later or just for general interest but I'm not sure what you'd gain by trying to do what you're suggesting
I am aware of the difference, from what I know it is philosophy, not RS.
By doing this, I would be completely skipping the GCSE. I will have 8 or 9 GCSEs depending on whether I need to drop a subject, but an extra A level. Since I would basically finish the A level at the same time as GCSE, I will continue as normal from yr 12-13 picking 3-4. Ideally the outcome would be 9 GCSEs (the recommended average for my school) and 5 A levels (2 above).