A Level AQA Philosophy Course Companions (ZigZag Education)

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A Level AQA Philosophy Course Companions

Concise yet comprehensive coverage of the 2014 specification. Accessible explanations of the arguments – helping students engage with challenging anthology texts. Focus on ‘doing philosophy’, with concise breakdown and analysis of the arguments.

Thorough and engaging… A valuable resource for AQA Philosophy because it clearly emphasises the texts and the importance of argument structure. M Bee, Philosophy Teacher & Independent Reviewer
  • Starter activities to get students thinking immediately
  • Activities and discussion questions throughout – lots of options for engaging students in the material!
  • Quick quizzes – a fun and easy way to remember key facts for the exam
  • Photocopy and give out to students, either as a complete course booklet or individual handouts
  • Key terms explained throughout – ideal for the new-style exam questions
  • Answers included

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (5659)
'Outside of the lessons it is also extremely useful additional (compulsory) reading... the references to the anthology, p. 7 on ‘Doing Philosophy’ and the way the whole document has been written (accessible language for students) are excellent... It explains the material in a clear and concise way accessible to the majority of philosophy students... The author has followed the specification entirely which is excellent. Nothing has been left out.'– K Parham, Philosophy Lecturer & Independent Reviewer
'A clear, well thought out resource which covers the main areas outlined in the specification. It is clearly presented and has a good range of activities and ideas for further reading... The specific links to the anthologies in boxes is very helpful; activities such as the table on page 30 is a worthwhile exercise; The introduction to premises at the beginning of the resource is useful and clear. There are good questions after each topic for example page 38 on the cosmological argument... The resources gives a really good, clear outline for students. For weaker students it can form a strong base for them to understand the content; for stronger students is can form a springboard for further investigation of the texts... It does match the new specification well as it includes specific references to the anthology, for example it notes Kretzmann's argument, links it to the anthology and asks students to develop further work on that argument.'– A Forshaw, Head of Philosophy & Independent Reviewer
'Author clearly knows their stuff in the Philosophy of Religion but also brings a clear philosophical tone to this resource... a very good resource that closely matches the specification and highlights the specific demands of using texts and philosophical argument... Great key word definitions... The quick quiz questions compliment and prepare students for the new short exam questions well... Very helpful to have an answers section... very helpful short summaries and page references [for anthology texts]... Clear references to where texts apply are given in little ‘Anthology Text:’ boxes throughout the resources. This offers a valuable link and opportunities for teacher and student to use, explore and reference the text... A thorough and engaging account of the topic. It will be a valuable resource for AQA Philosophy because it clearly emphasises the texts and the importance of argument structure.'– M Bee, Philosophy of Religion Teacher & Independent Reviewer
'There is a clear one-to-one correspondence between the resource headings and the specification headings which makes the resource useful to both students and teachers alike.'– N Tetley, Philosophy Teacher & Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (6269)
"It covers everything on the specification and more... It is an excellent resource, better than the recommended textbook by Michael Lacewing... I liked the material covered, how it is presented and the activities. Some referencing to AS Philosophy to jog students’ memory which is good."– Dr K Parham, Lecturer & Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (6270)
"Incredibly comprehensive... I really enjoyed this resource; it is quite possibly the most comprehensive one that I have read to date. It matches and interprets the specification well, covering all relevant topics and their strengths and weaknesses, as well as relevant critical thinkers. It also greatly enhances learning with activities and quizzes... It covered all the relevant syllabus topics, as well as their strengths and weaknesses. The activities and quizzes had very stimulating questions, and the answers at the end of the resource means that students can check their work. The illustrations gave the guide more colour, and the appendixes at the end of the resource were very thorough and comprehensive... It covers all topics that students will need to know for the exam; including all key concepts and their strengths and weaknesses. The activities help readers to think critically about the topic and have very thought-provoking questions. The quizzes also test readers’ knowledge, and the answers are at the very back of the resource, meaning that students can check their own work. The illustrations and quotes help to illustrate the important points; these are likely to help visual learners. Finally, the glossary covers all the important terminology that pupils will need to include in their exam scripts so as to get the higher marks... The sentences typically contain two points each, making them very easy to understand. This particular writing style makes the content flow as a whole... This study guide matches the specification and interprets it very well. The resource covers all the relevant topics and gets students to think critically about how to assess them; students will need to do this in order to properly answer the exam questions."– M Ball, Tutor & Independent Reviewer
"A very good resource. It is better than the set textbook (approved by AQA) written by Michael Lacewing. It is more appealing to and accessible for students. I liked the activities, the glossary and the layout. It included some good visual imagery for those students who are visual learners." – K Parham, Lecturer in Philosophy & Independent Reviewer
A Level, AS, anthology, AQA, September 2014, Section B, Philosophy of Religion


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