General Studies

General Studies - Key Stage 5

Study Combinations

Year 12

Year 13

Pathway A

Study units 1 and 2 leading to an AS qualification

Alternative enrichment

Pathway B

Study units 1 and 2 leading to an AS qualification

Study units 3 and 4 leading to an A2 qualification

Pathway C

Study units 1, 2, 3 and 4 leading to an A2 qualification

No further study

Pathway D

Alternative enrichment

Study units 1 and 2 leading to an AS qualification

Pathway E

Alternative enrichment

Study units 1, 2, 3 and 4 leading to an A2 qualification

 

Units of Work Covered

(From September 2013 onwards)

We follow AQA General Studies B. All exams will be taken in the Summer examination period.

Term

Year 12

Unit 1

GENB1 Conflict

(AS Level)

Year 12

Unit 2

GENB2 Space

(AS Level)

Year 13

Unit 3

GENB3 Power

(A2 Level)

Year 13

Unit 4

GENB4 Change

(A2 Level)

Autumn 1

(September - October)

Science and Technology
  • Human Aggression
  • Controversy in Science and Technology
Society and Politics
  • Tensions in Society
  • Politics and the Public
 
Science and Technology
  • The Energy Debate
  • Medicine and Health
  • The Ethical Responsibilities of Scientists
Society and Politics
  • Distribution of Power
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Law Enforcement
 

Autumn 2

(October - December)

Arts and Media
  • The Arts as a Challenge
  • Media Bias
Business and Industry
  • Business and Industry
  • Business Big and Small
Beliefs and Values
  • The Individual and Society
  • Tolerance and Intolerance
 
Arts and Media
  • Art as Empowerment
  • Arts and Media Commentators
  • Media Pressure and Impact
Business and Industry
  • The Impact of Advertising
  • Large Corporations
  • Free Trade, Fair Trade
Beliefs and Values
  • Attitudes Towards Authority
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Nationalism and Internationalism
 

Spring 1

(January - February)

 
Science and Technology
  • Space Exploration
  • Climate Change
Society and Politics
  • Migration of People
  • Urban and Rural
 
Science and Technology
  • The Nature of Science
  • Public Understanding of Science
  • The Idea of Progress in Science and Technology
Society and Politics
  • Social Change
  • Educating for Change
  • Political Reform

Spring 2

(February - April)

 
Arts and Media
  • Art and Public Space
  • Global Media
Business and Industry
  • Use of the Land
  • Buying and Selling
Beliefs and Values
  • Multiculturalism
  • Green Values
 
Arts and Media
  • Changing Aesthetic Criteria
  • New Media
  • Visions of the Past and Future
Business and Industry
  • Heritage Conservation
  • Trends in Consumerism
  • Economic Growth
Beliefs and Values
  • Changing Patterns of Religious Belief
  • The Decline of Ideology
  • Transmission of Norms and Values

Summer 1

(April - May)

  • Revision for Unit 1
  • Revision for Unit 2
  • Revision for Unit 3
  • Revision for Unit 4
     

Summer 2

(June - July)

  • A2 Transition Unit
  • A2 Transition Unit
  • Study Leave
  • Study Leave