AS-level General Studies

There are several AS-level General Studies syllabuses available for students. However, they all have the common study themes of culture and contemporary society, split into two units of study. These will cover topics including discussing multiculturalism, mass media and communication, religion, national and global politics and issues of morality and law. Assessment of the two units is by formal written examination.

A2-level General Studies

Should students chose to carry on with General Studies to A2-level they will go on to consider the concept of power in society; power as the authority of the state, how the arts and media impact on our understanding of and attitudes towards power and the power of the individual – through issues such as feminism or direct action groups etc.

The final A2-level General Studies unit will engage students in thinking about how society changes its beliefs and values. These changes could again relate to any area of society from topics as diverse as our appreciation of art to trends in our levels of the consumerism. Both units at A2-level are again formally assessed by written examination.

Studying for A-level General Studies Online

Studying and researching A-level General Studies online is certainly one of the best ways to ensure that the ideas and points you want to make in your classroom studies/discussions are as up to date as possible. Online A-level Government and Politics courses or subjects such as Philosophy, Sociology and Citizenship will be particularly complimentary to studying A-level General Studies.

What Advantages Will A-level General Studies Offer You?

Taking A-level General Studies will help you with your work for most other A-level subjects. In that respect, General Studies can be taken to help build a particular profile of A-levels or as an A-level entirely unrelated to the others you will take. Whatever your reasons for studying A-level General Studies, it will foster in you an ability and interest in finding a wider range of perspectives other than the ones presented to you in the set study materials for your course(s).

As much of the course content is delivered through discussion and debate it will also help you to hone your presentational skills and confidence in public speaking, an important aspect in so many careers today. But, and perhaps most significantly, it will encourage and help you to determine decisions of your own related to the topics under study – rather than being simply prepared to accept those put forward by others.