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General Studies A level at The Ecclesbourne School

Course description

It’s time to change your mind about General Studies. Did you know that many universities (including Russell group) accept it as a contribution to UCAS, and in past years it has been the subject which has enabled students to gain their university place? It can even be classed as a third subject at A2, which is great if things don’t quite go to plan in one of your AS exams. Add to that the fact that it will only take up one hour of your week and you will have a really useful addition to your studies.
At both AS and A2, the examination is based on ‘Culture and Society’ and ‘Science and Society.’ Examination is by comprehension, data response, case study, essay and multiple choice responses. As the content of the exam could be taken from any of the above areas, the best form of preparation is to read widely and to keep up to date through reading a "good quality" newspaper, following programmes such as News Night or Question Time and listening to radio stations (such as Radio 4) that discuss topical issues from a range of perspectives. In addition to the General Studies programme, students are given techniques to improve their study skills, such as essay writing, note taking, analysing and evaluating.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A*-C

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Ecclesbourne School directly.

Last updated date: 17 September 2014

Key information

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