Critical thinking has shot up by almost 60% in popularity as an A-level subject in the past year, results from the Joint Council for Qualifications show. Te number of people who studied it was relatively tiny – just 2,008 out of about 310,000 candidates. But the new subject had easily the biggest percentage increase from 2006.
At a joint council news conference, Greg Watson of the OCR exam board said critical thinking encapsulated the sort of skills that were in demand by universities and by employers. For example, anyone working in science would benefit from being able to evaluate the arguments for and against the MMR vaccine, he said. Schools say it also provides very good support for the other A-levels their students are doing.”