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General Studies at The Broxbourne School

Course description

Students do not need any specific prior knowledge in order to study this subject. Several areas covered in the course are
developments of work at GCSE but others are new. Students will need to be prepared to integrate their knowledge from a
range of subjects in order to understand how they relate to each other and how they contribute to the understanding of the
issues being studied. They will also need to have an interest in historical and contemporary issues and in thinking logically
and constructively about significant problems.
The course will enable students to:
 develop a greater awareness of human knowledge, understanding and behaviour
 appreciate that there are various ways of interpreting different types of information
 communicate clearly in an appropriate style and format
 demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of a range of issues
 marshal evidence and draw conclusions
 select and integrate information, data and opinions
 gain experience of the key skills of communication, application of number, information technology, working with
others and problem solving
The course has 2 units.
Unit 1: Conflict
Covers themes such as human aggression; controversy in science and technology; tensions in society; media bias; tolerance
and intolerance.
Unit 2: Space
Covers themes such as climate change; migration; global media; art and public space; space exploration.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements to The Broxbourne School Sixth Form are based on both the average KS4 points achieved in the summer of year 11 and specific grades gained in subjects relevant to those that they wish to pursue in the Sixth Form. Students are expected to take four AS subjects and AS General Studies in Year 12 and should have demonstrated a consistently serious attitude to study.
To enter the Sixth Form to study 4 or 5 AS / A-level courses students should have achieved at least 5+ A* - C grades including English and Maths, must have demonstrated a consistently serious attitude to study and
• gained an average points score of 43 points or more and,
• achieved the entry grade B in the GCSE subject they wish to study at AS / A-level or in the case of subjects not taken at GCSE the entry grade in related subjects
• achieve at least an A in GCSE Maths to take AS level Maths

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 November 2014
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Key information

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