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Social and Cultural Anthropology IBD at The Abbey School

Course description

Social and Cultural Anthropology is the study of humankind and its diversities. Students study culture and human society through a number of different concepts such as Culture, Belief and Knowledge, Symbolism and Power. They also ask questions about anthropology such as ‘In what ways are we the same and different to each other? ’

Students will have their minds open to the question of ‘What is human?’ exploring nations and cultures they have never heard of before, challenging their beliefs and values and considering how other people view their purpose of being a human.

Course content

IB Social and Cultural Anthropology requires students to learn the Language and Practice of Anthropology as well as the Ethics and Theories behind it during the first year. They use these skills to analyse three main areas of enquiry. Both parts students are examined on.  The students also complete an Internal Assessment which includes their own anthropological fieldwork and study.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C or equivalent in your GCSEs.


Paper 1 forms 30% of the total grade, Paper 2 forms 45% of the total grade and the Internal Assessment forms 25% of the overall grade. All examinations are at the end of the second year.

Future opportunities

Recognised and well respected by universities and employers, anthropology can help students to put forward ideas and arguments in a concise manner.  Students learn how to research, gather and assess material and synthesise their ideas.

Social and Cultural Anthropology can lead to a diverse range of jobs, including working for the government, education, museums and charity work.

Further information

Please contact Mrs R Fletcher.

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: 24 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years