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International Baccalaureate - Anthropology - Higher & Standard at The Rochester Grammar School

Course description

Social and cultural anthropology is the comparative study of culture and human societies.  Anthropologists seek an understanding of humankind in all its diversity.  This understanding is reached through the study of societies and cultures identifying the principles and rules of cultural life.  Social and cultural anthropology places special emphasis on comparative perspectives that challenge cultural assumptions.  Many anthropologists explore problems and issues associated with the complexity of modern societies in local, regional and global contexts.


Course content

  • 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 a 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.

Entry requirements

To study Anthropology at either Higher or Standard level, you will need to have gained a GCSE grade 6 in English Literature or Language.


In order to gain access to The RGS Sixth Form, students must obtain 5 GCSE grades at 9-6 *A*-B) including English Language and Mathematics.

Further information

'The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.'

IB learners are:

- Enquirers
- Knowledgeable
- Risk-takers
- Thinkers
- Good communicators
- Principled
- Open-minded
- Reflective

The ideal IB student will also have acquired a sense of caring and compassion, and will recognise the importance of a balance between his/her intellectual, physical and emotional needs.

If you require any further information please contact Miss Hemmings at The Rochester Grammar School.

If you wish to study at The Rochester Grammar School, please apply directly to the school.

Application forms and further details can be found on the school website

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 December 2018
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