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Anthropology AS/A Level at Guildford College

Course description

This is a new course, only offered at a few colleges in the country! If you’ve ever wondered about the human journey to existence, what makes us human or how people interact in societies then this is the course for you.

Course content

At AS Level, we focus on:

  • The human body and communication- how humans have developed as primates, evolutionary history, development of the human brain, bi-pedalism, communication, the biology and social body and control.
  • Social relations and boundaries - race, family and kinship, gender roles and power, ethnicity, social class and conflicts.
  • Exchange and reciprocity - its importance to humans, money and conflict.
  • Relationship with nature - problems humans have created for their environments, the future, cyborg culture and the virtual environment.
  • Personhood, rituals and symbols - being ‘a person’ within different human cultures, birth, rites of passage, marriage and death rituals and cultural symbols.

At A2 Level, we focus on:

  • Globalisation - mass human migration - Out of Africa theories, colonial, industrial and global touristic migration.
  • Colonialism - the impact of colonialism on Caribbean societies, impact of settler governments on societies.
  • Ideas of ‘development’ - the human and societal cost of mobile phones, second hand clothing, the manufacturing of chocolate, etc.
  • Global markets - human organ trafficking, music as a global product.
  • Individual anthropological research project

All 16-19 year olds on full-time programmes will be required to retake GCSE English and Maths or to undertake Functional Skills, if they have not already attained the equivalent of a GCSE grade C in these subjects, every year of their course, until they complete their studies.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English.


Exams plus a coursework element in the A2 year. You will also be set homework assignments, research and test essays.


Future opportunities

You could study degrees in anthropology, teaching, social sciences, archaeology, sociology or religious studies.

From there you could move into careers in local government administration, international aid development, market research, the civil service, as a curator in a museum or gallery, public relations, race relations or as a lecturer.

Further information

Student comments: “Great subject, allows us to look back on how we originated. Very interesting” and “Opens your eyes to the world you live in and changes your perspective”.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Guildford College directly.

Last updated date: 16 June 2016
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