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General Studies A level at Trinity High School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

General Studies consists of two AS units and two A2 units. The units have coordinated topics across five areas of study: Science and Technology, Society and Politics, Arts and Media, Business and Industry, Beliefs and Values.

The course is designed to:

  • explore different ways of knowing
  • focus on contemporary issues
  • develop students' ability to argue from evidence
  • foster enquiry and critical thinking about interconnecting issues
  • enable a variety of teaching approaches according to individual circumstance
  • encourage thinking across specialist subjects, to broaden students' minds
  • develop students' ability to make inferences from data, images and documentary sources, to argue a case and draw reasonable conclusions.

Course content

The course is broken down into 4 units:

  1. Conflict
  2. Space
  3. Power
  4. Change

Within each of the 4 units students look at debates surrounding their five areas of study:

  • Science and Technology
  • Society and Politics
  • Arts and Media
  • Business and Industry
  • Beliefs and Values.

Through the study of the areas across the four Themes candidates are able to explore the human condition in general, and to evaluate their own relationship within society in particular. This should arise through the Area of Study ‘Society and Politics’, as well as in other areas. The discussion and analysis of the content of the course similarly encourages understanding of moral and ethical issues; candidates will face constant challenge in debate and study which will foster recognition and sympathetic awareness of others’ beliefs and values. This should arise through the Area of Study ‘Beliefs and Values’ as well as in other areas.

Few, if any, contemporary issues can be studied without reference to the social and cultural context within which they occur. Throughout the course candidates will be encouraged to form opinions and make judgements which take these contexts into consideration. This should arise through the Areas of Study ‘Society and Politics’ and ‘Arts and Media’ as well as in other areas.

Assessment

Unit 1 – GENB1: Conflict

  • 50% of AS, 25% of A Level
  • 1 hour 30 minutes written examination
  • 90 marks
  • Three structured essay questions

Unit 2 – GENB2: Space

  • 50% of AS, 25% of A Level
  • 1 hour 30 minutes written examination
  • 90 marks
  • Three questions, based on data, images and prose

Unit 3 – GENB3: Power

  • 25% of A Level
  • 2 hour written examination
  • 80 marks
  • Three questions, based on four texts of different kinds

Unit 4 – GENB4: Change

  • 25% of A Level
  • 2 hour written examination
  • 80 marks
  • Two essay questions based on different texts

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Trinity High School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2017

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