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General Studies GCSE

Subject Overview

General Studies is a subject which encompasses all aspects of the world around us. It deals with politics, ethics, literature, language, culture, science, technology and mathematics.

The course will focus on contemporary issues, encouraging thinking across all these subjects, using source materials and employing a range of techniques to assess different skills.

The course will prove to be useful preparation for further education, work and life in general.

The course has been designed to broaden student awareness, develop thinking and functional skills, extend Citizenship and PSHE programmes, be appropriate for the full ability range, be worthwhile and interesting for students from a variety of backgrounds and ages.

The accreditation is a full GCSE.


Topic Overview

Autumn Term

Spring term

Summer term

  • International Organisations
  • World Trade
  • Human Rights
  • Legal Rights
  • Consumer Rights
  • Local and National Politics
  • Individual Responsibility
  • Religion
  • Morality
  • Social Diversity
  • Education
  • Censorship
  • Technological Developments
  • Medical Developments
  • Environmental Developments
  • Health Education
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • The Arts
  • Sport and Leisure
  • Language
  • The Media
  • Advertising
  • Examination Preparation –
  • Paper 1: Value and Worth in the Arts
  • Discussing the theme
  • Developing Understanding of the Case Study Material
  • Independent Research
  • Wider reading around the topic and sources
  • Paper 2: Revision of all topics using past papers


Examination Board

AQA GCSE General Studies 4760

Learning beyond the classroom

Students will be encouraged to read as widely as possible, watch the news and listen to current affairs, have a point of view and explore it in discussion.

Students should be able to access a range of opportunities including debates, guest speakers, workshops and museum/gallery visits.

Progression Pathways and Careers

GCSE General Studies could lead on to further study in General Studies at A Level or other related subjects. As General Studies integrates knowledge across disciplines it gives learners a broad-based understanding that complements other A Level subjects.

Career paths are diverse in the field of General Studies spanning business, management, communications, and the humanities.

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For further details Contact

Jo Radiven – Teacher of General Studies            
email jradiven.302@lgflmail.org