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General Studies A Level at South Hunsley School and Sixth Form College

Course description

General Studies (GS) is taken by the majority of our students at AS Level and many opt to take it at A2 Level. GS broadens your post-16 education; it enables a deeper understanding of important contemporary issues and provides useful preparation for university, employment and life in general. Most importantly, it helps you to become an informed citizen.

Course content

Studying GS allows you to engage with a range of important cultural and scientific debates of national and global significance which you may not consider in any other subject.
GS challenges you to develop opinions on a range of controversial topics and to defend these using reasons, evidence and examples. The course helps you to develop key critical thinking skills that are useful in study and employment, such as the ability to assess the credibility of information and arguments. GS teaches you to challenge the views of others whilst skilfully defending your own.

Entry requirements

The majority of students will automatically be entered for General Studies as part of their broader enrichment programme.  Students with an average GCSE points score lower than 5.4 (mainly Cs and below) will not be included, however, these students can request to include GS in their study programme where appropriate.


General Studies really enhances your learning and allows you to develop critical thinking skills; universities may look at GS to differentiate between student applications and the Russell Group of universities recommends students take GS in addition to 3 or more A Levels. Every year, GS helps many of our students to get their place at university; sometimes it’s part of an original offer and other times it convinces a university to accept a student who has just missed the required grades. This course is run by the AQA Exam Board.

Future opportunities

Critical thinking skills and knowledge of the key debates shaping our society prepare you to succeed in the world of work and Higher Education.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Hunsley School and Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 28 September 2017

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