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I.B Social and Cultural Anthropology at Skinners Kent Academy

Course description

The DP Social and Cultural Anthropology course offers an opportunity for students to become acquainted with anthropological perspectives and ways of thinking, and to develop critical, reflective knowledge. Social and Cultural Anthropology has a distinctive approach to intercultural awareness and understanding, which embodies the essence of an IB education. Anthropology fosters the development of citizens who are globally aware and ethically sensitive.

The Social and Cultural Anthropology course, for both SL and HL students, aims to:

  • explore principles of social and cultural life and characteristics of societies and cultures

  • develop an awareness of historical, scientific and social contexts within which social and cultural anthropology has developed

  • develop in the student a capacity to recognise preconceptions and assumptions of their own social and cultural environments

  • develop an awareness of relationships between local, regional and global processes and issues.

Course content

Part 1: Engaging with anthropology

  • The language of anthropology

  • The practice of anthropology

  • Anthropological thinking


Part 2: Engaging with ethnography

  • The body; Plastic Surgery in Brazil

  • Belonging; Residents of Harlem, New York

  • Production, exchange and consumption; The Trobriand Islanders

  • Higher Level: Classifying the world; The Yanomami of the Amazon and The Bushmen of the Kalahari


Part 3: Engaging in anthropological practice

  • SL: Limited fieldwork (observation, second data collection and critical reflection)

  • HL: Fieldwork

Entry requirements

General Entry Requirement for The Skinners’ Kent Academy Sixth Form

Minimum of GCSE grade 5 (G5) in English and Mathematics plus 3 other GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*-C)

Subject specific minimum entry requirements are:

Social and Cultural Anthropology: G6 in either GCSE English or History








A combination of external exam papers and internal assessment.

Standard Level:

  • 40% Paper 1 (1 hour 30 minutes)

  • 40% Paper 2 (1 hour 30 minutes)

  • 20% Internal assessment (30 hours) This component is internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IB at the end of the course.


Higher Level:

  • 30% Paper 1 (2 hours)

  • 45% Paper 2 (2 hours 30 minutes)

  • 25% Internal assessment (60 hours) This component is internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IB at the end of the course.

Future opportunities

Taken in combination with other subjects and depending on your pathway of study this course can lead to higher education and/or apprenticeships


A high proportion of anthropology graduates work in the public and not-for-profit sectors, all branches of the Civil Service, local government, charities, central government bodies, universities, international organisations, such as the United Nations (UN), museums and voluntary organisations.


Anthropology graduates also pursue roles in:

  • advertising;

  • conservation;

  • health and social work

  • heritage management;


Further information





Contact Skinners’ Kent Academy 01892 534377


We are considering a wider range of IB and vocational subjects than is shown on the website and if there are any specific questions about the course or the subjects on offer that students should contact us directly.

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: 22 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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