General Studies

Subject: General Studies

Overview of KS3 curriculum

General Studies is not offered at KS3.

 

GCSE course offered

AQA GCSE General Studies

Course overview

Students develop their knowledge and understanding of a number of contemporary issues within the broad themes of:
1.    Rights, Power and Responsibilities
2.    Moral, Social and Ethical Debates
3.    Modern Issues in ICT, Technology and Culture

Students are assessed via two final examinations at the end of the course.

Paper 1 – Is a written examination that makes up 25% of the final qualification grade.  Students have to answer a series of questions using a set of pre-released sources as part of a case-study into an issue of modern importance.  The source material for this examination is released to students in March of Year 11.

Paper 2 – Is a written examination that makes up 75% of the final qualification grade.  In Section A, worth 25% of the final qualification grade, students are required to answer 30 multiple choice questions.  In Section B, worth 20% of the final qualification grade, students engage in a problem-solving exercise and answer 3 short answer questions based on a collection of stimulus material.  In Section C, worth 30% of the final qualification grade, students undertake a piece of extended writing.  They must answer one question from a choice of two.  Each question has its own stimulus material that can take the form of written sources, cartoons, diagrams and graphs.

Where can additional information about the curriculum be found?

AQA GCSE General Studies website:
http://web.aqa.org.uk/qual/newgcses/gen_studies/new/gen_studies_overview.php