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General Studies AS/A2 at St John Fisher Catholic High School

Course description

A level General Studies requires students to use thinking and analytical skills.  These will be assessed by testing your ability to draw distinctions between knowledge, truth and belief.  You also need to be able to recognise common fallacies, deductive and inductive arguments and arguments drawn from analogy, cause and authority.  You will study issues between three overlapping areas: the scientific, the cultural and the social.

Course content

AS

Unit 1 – Challenges for Society

  • Characteristics of the sciences (physical, life and earth)
  • Understanding of scientific methods,  principles, criteria and their application
  • Social, ethical and environmental implications and consequences of scientific discoveries and technological developments
  • Religious belief and experience, and connections between them
  • Examination and appreciation of ideologies and values in society
  • Explanation and evaluation of human behaviour

Unit 2 – The Individual in Society

  • Media and communication
  • Examination and appreciation of ideologies and values in society
  • Political processes and goals
  • Explanation and evaluation of human behaviour
  • Social and economic trends and constraints
  • Beliefs, values and moral reasoning

A2

Unit 3 – Change and Progress

  • The nature of scientific objectivity and the question of progress
  • The relationship between technology, science, society (past and/or present) and ideology
  • An understanding and appreciation of the changing nature and importance of culture
  • Creativity and innovation
  • The nature of objectivity in social sciences

Unit 4 – Beliefs, Values and Responsibilities

  • The moral responsibility of scientists
  • Beliefs, values and moral reasoning
  • Aesthetic evaluation
  • Explanation and evaluation of human behaviour
  • Relationship between law, society and ethics
  • Religious belief and experience, and connections between them

N.B. Mathematical reasoning and its application will be addressed in all four units and takes the form of analysing, interpreting and representing mathematical information.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirement for sixth form is 5 A*-C GCSEs, including English and usually Maths.  For further information please see our school prospectus.  This is available on our website www.stjohnfisherschool.org.uk.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 27 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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