General Studies B at St Mary's Menston, a Catholic voluntary academy
General Studies broadens post-16 education and complements and reinforces other studies. It is a useful preparation for life in general, for informed citizenship, and, in many respects, for higher education:
- It deals with broader considerations than those arising from specialist subjects
- It focuses strongly on key issues in the contemporary world
- It highlights cross-curricular implications
- It has a wider range of subject matter than most students encounter in many other areas of post-16 study
- It helps to enhance a range of skills which are particularly valuable, not just at A level but also at university
Although it is true that some university departments do not accept General Studies as being equivalent to other A levels in their initial offers of places to students, many university departments do accept it, and many more will look favourably on a good General Studies grade at post-results time. Often, when a student has applied for an over-subscribed course, or narrowly missed out on the required UCAS points score, a good General Studies grade can make the difference between getting in or not.
Attainment in General Studies is a reflection of the student’s accumulated knowledge, skills and experience on an extensive basis, and of their intellectual maturity. General Studies provides exactly what many university admissions tutors are looking for in their students.
In Year 12 students will study the following areas: Human aggression; controversy in science; tensions in society; politics; the arts and media; markets and business, the individual and society; space exploration; climate change; population migration; use of land; multiculturalism and green values. In Year 12 two papers make up the AS qualification. The Conflict module and the Space module are assessed in the summer of Year 12.
In Year 13 students will study: The energy debate; medicine and health; scientific ethics; distribution of power; law enforcement; equal opportunities; media pressure and impact; art as empowerment; advertising; free and fair trade; attitudes to authority; nationalism and internationalism; the nature of science and scientific progress; social change and political reform; new media; conservation; consumerism; changing patterns of religious belief and the decline of ideology. In Year 13 two further papers make up the A2 qualification.
How to apply
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