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General Studies AQA A Level at Poynton High School

Course description

This course does not form part of a student’s core subject choices but is intended to complement other A Level study.
General Studies provides students with an opportunity to broaden their educational experience and gain some insight into a range of important issues. Students will be able to develop their:
  • Thinking and analytical skills
  • Capacity to construct arguments and draw conclusions
  • Facility to deal with broad considerations and subject matter
  • Communication skills
  • Ability to work independently

In Year 13, students build on their knowledge in the same areas studied at AS Level but in greater depth.

Course content

Learning Method:
The subject is delivered by staff from a range of departments and by some outside speakers. Students are also given a study pack which includes the previous year’s examination papers and on-line materials are also available.

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above


Unit 1 Culture and Society 50% of AS level, 25% of A2 level
Unit 2 Science and Society 50% of AS level, 25% of A2 level
Unit 3 Culture and Society 25% of A2 level
Unit 4 Science and Society 25% of A2 level

Future opportunities

Many students find the General Studies grade helpful in securing a place in Higher Education as it has the same value in UCAS points as any other A-Level. Interestingly research suggests that the General Studies grade is a good predictor of general intelligence. Success in General Studies is a good indicator of future success at degree level across all subjects. The course develops many skills. These include: information analysis and communication, thinking across a range of subjects and constructing a coherent argument.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Poynton High School directly.

Last updated date: 16 September 2016

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