Predications are a really tricky business especially since we have very few past exam questions to go on. My advice is to make sure you know all topic areas as well as you can but for some of you knowing what came up in previous years might really help. So here is a table of all the first year questions asked so far and the questions from last year’s full A level. The importance of knowing the first year questions is because, whilst the same topic might come up in both years, it is extremely doubtful that the exact working will be the same.
What we can see from this is that Plato, Aristotle, Soul, Onto, POE and RL: 20th Century were not asked last year in the A Level exams.
So I think potential question areas could be:
- Plato vs Aristotle comparison (e.g. Form of Good vs Prime Mover)
- A priori vs A posteriori (e.g. Onto vs Teleo/ Cosmo)
- Specific Q on soul e.g. Materialism/ category error or Descartes
- Ontological: Anselm/ Gaunilo/ predicate
- POE: Hick/ responsibility of God/ moral evil
- William James or critic of RE (Freud, Feuerbach or physiological)
- Specific attributes question: Omnipotence, omni-benevolence, eternal or omniscience
- RL 20th: Verification, Falsification, Language Games
Now I know your thinking ‘well that doesn’t take out much then’ but maybe that’s the point- You MUST revise everything! Yes maybe revise some areas really really well but you cannot ignore any topics.
Examiners try very hard to limit the predictability of their question papers. What this means is = I might be completely wrong (I do not often say that either!) So please do revise all areas and elements in order to guarantee your success.
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