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IB Diploma Social and Cultural Anthropology - Block A @ The Leigh Academy at LAT16 Leigh

Course description

Social and cultural anthropology is the comparative study of culture and human societies. Anthropologists seek an understanding of humankind in all its diversity. This understanding is reached through the study of societies and cultures and the exploration of the general principles of social and cultural life. Social and cultural anthropology places special emphasis on comparative perspectives that challenge cultural assumptions.

Topics of anthropological inquiry include social change, kinship, symbolism, exchange, belief systems, ethnicity and power relations. Social and cultural anthropology examines urban as well as rural society and modern nation states.

Anthropology contributes to an understanding of contemporary issues such as war and conflict, the environment, poverty, injustice, inequality, and human and cultural rights. 

Course content

·         What is anthropology?

·         Theoretical perspectives in anthropology

·         Fieldwork

Entry requirements


  • 5+ A*-C (9-4) grades in GCSEs
  • Grade 6 in English Language or Literature
  • B grade in a related Humanities subject


There are three examination papers contributing 75% of the marks.  The internally assessed fieldwork component, worth 25% of the final mark, enables students to gain personal experience of anthropological fieldwork and the methodology used.

Future opportunities

This course will prepare you for an Undergraduate degree course at University.

Careers could include:

  • Historian
  • Museum Curator
  • Politician
  • Lawyer
  • Solicitor
  • Teacher
  • Senior Business Leader

Further information

Sarah McCabe-Knowles, DoLHumanities

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: 03 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years