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Social & Cultural Anthropology IB Standard Level at Parkside Sixth

Course description

Anthropology means studying one of the most fundamental issues - how societies are organised, and how people interact. This course will offer a thought-provoking and stimulating exploration of these issues, helping you to understand the world around you, and preparing you for a wide range of options after Parkside Sixth.

Course content

Students will study a range of subjects under the following headings:

  • What is anthropology
  • Social and Cultural Organisation. This topic covers a variety of issues, from belief systems to politics, from kinship to morality.
  • Observation/Fieldwork
  • Theoretical perspectives (HL only)

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs or equivalent at grade C or above, including English and Maths.

IB students take three subjects at Higher level and three at Standard level.For Higher level subjects, you should have GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade B or above in those subjects or related ones. We recommend Higher level Maths only for those with a grade A or above in GCSE Maths. Further information about entry requirements can be found on p.73 of the prospectus or on the website (addlink to website).Students also have timetabled sessions for Theory of Knowledge and Creativity, Action & Service.

If you are applying for the International Baccalaureate, you need to choose six subjects, from a range of different subject areas (link to Additional Information, 6 Bac International Baccalaureate Diploma). You also need to choose one from each of the subject option blocks. The blocks can be found here .

A paper copy of the prospectus and subject options blocks can be obtained by phoning the Sixth Form Administrator on 01223 712600 .


You will be assessed via a mixture of exams and coursework. Standard Level students will undertake an observation coursework, whilst Higher Level students will work on a more in-depth fieldwork project.

Future opportunities

Studying Social and Cultural Anthropology will offer direct support for the study of subjects such as Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology, as well as many humanities and social science subjects, such as RE and Politics. Combined with History, it would also be an excellent preparation for the study of subjects such as History and Archaeology.

Social and Cultural Anthropology will challenge the way that you look at the world, which will enhance your study of many subjects and be a good preparation for a wide range of jobs, such as politics, journalism and marketing.

Further information

How will I study?

You will be taught in thought-provoking seminars where you will be encouraged to give your own opinions. You will have access to excellent library resources, and we will make full use of the superb facilities in Cambridge, such as the Archaeology and Anthropology Museum. Students will be encouraged to develop skills in independent learning, and this will be particularly evident during the Higher Level fieldwork project.

What extra-curricular activities will there be?

Students will enjoy speaker meetings and local and national visits to relevant sites. We will create links with other schools studying the subject from around the world, and hope to arrange a foreign trip to a relevant destination.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 16 October 2017
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