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General Studies - AS Level at Kesgrave High School

Course description

AS General Studies is a course that looks at the world through five different strands and two focus areas.

AS Level consists of two units -

Conflict and Space

Students will be able to immerse themselves in current affairs but also use their other curriculum areas to illuminate discussions and make links to different strands such Conflict in the arts and media or land management in the Space unit.

Course content

A range of approaches will be used including formal teaching, discussion, debate, individual and group work and investigation. Use will be made of the internet, videos, DVD’s and your own knowledge of current affairs – tested weekly through the current affairs quiz.

This AS specification should encourage candidates to: develop a greater awareness of human knowledge, understanding and behaviour;

  • integrate knowledge from a range of disciplines in order to develop a synoptic view of how they relate to one another and how each may contribute to the understanding of issues being studied;
  • appreciate that there are various ways of interpreting different types of information and assess the relative merits of evidence in order to understand such concepts as objectivity, neutrality and bias;
  • think critically, logically and constructively about significant problems, acquire an appreciation of the strengths and limitations of different approaches and demonstrate an ability to justify their own;
  • develop a critical awareness and understanding of perennial and contemporary issues and develop a greater awareness of their historical and contemporary contexts in order to enhance skills of evaluation;
  • communicate with coherence and clarity in an appropriate format.

Entry requirements

Prior learning

There are no prerequisites in terms of stipulated attainments in specific subjects.



Examinations are taken in June for AS Conflict and Space

AS Level

AS Conflict – a choice of three essay from five questions with Conflict at the heart of each question.

AS Space – this paper uses data, images and text to examine your understanding of Space as a concept.

Board : AQA

Future opportunities

General Studies is a breadth study subject and does not have a direct career progression pathway.  However, it demonstrates the ability to have a wide ranging understanding of the world at large and gives opportunities to engage in discussion and debate, understand statistics and how they are used in different ways and consider other views that may not necessarily be matched to your own.

Further information

For more information, contact Mrs Walker.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kesgrave High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 July 2015
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