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    I'm changing schools next year and we have to do General Studies at my new school... I know that everybody says it's a doss, but what does it actually involve? I know that it doesn't look very good on your CV but I still want to do well so I don't look stupid... They say that we can drop it after AS but most people continue with it to A2 to give them four subjects, but I want to keep my four main subs going so I'm going to drop it.

    Do most peoples' schools make it compulsory?


    AS Levels = History, Chemistry, Economics and German (+General Studies!!!)
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    In my school it's compulsary. GS includes stuff like science/maths, economics/politics, arts/humanities. Some universities accept them while some don't.

    Some links for more details (posted all the exam board links, as I'm not sure which one you follow, just click on the exam board you are following):

    http://www.aqa.org.uk/qual/gceasa/genA_assess.html
    http://www.aqa.org.uk/qual/pdf/AQA-5...61-W-SP-06.pdf
    http://www.ocr.org.uk/OCR/WebSite/do...ver=PRODUKTION
    http://www.edexcel.org.uk/quals/gce/general/adv/9206/
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    We didn't have to do GS we had to do critical thinking in AS year which we couldnt continue to A2 anyway even if we wanted to (which no one did)
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    It is compulsory to do the exams at my school, but you don't have to attend lessons if you have a timetable clash or you are doing 4 A2s. I got out of lessons for the whole year, despite only doing 3 A2s, because I did 4 for the first half term but then dropped one! The General Studies tutors were never informed that I should attend lessons, thankfully! It gave me a free Wednesday as well!

    Whilst you don't require any specialist teaching for General Studies and can get an A without any lessons, I wouldn't completely write it off. A good grade in General Studies can show that you have a good general knowledge about a wide range of subject areas (as it covers everything from pure science to social science), and that you can write well (there are lots of marks for written communication). Of course, you may be unlucky and not know anything about any of the topics that come up in the exam, but there's usually at least one accessible question for most people. Apparently, at my sixth form, people usually improve a grade from AS to A2, so it's different to other subjects!

    You might as well do it, you won't lose anything and will gain an extra A-level, even if it isn't a "proper" one.
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    And there was me thinking I was finally free from Maths and Science! General Studies seems totally unfair. When we have chosen to stay on at school we shouldn't be punished by being forced into taking an A-level that no one wants to do.

    I'm taking History, Law, French and German, is there really no way I can get out of general studies?
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    The science in the OCR specification is BASIC, as is the maths. Seriously, no need to worry about that.

    If you really don't want to do it, just ask...though they might make you, obviously.
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    General Studies is compulsary at borh AS and A2 Level at my schools. Although some unviersities refuse to accept it, my teachers say that many more do and it provides the oppotunity to branch out into areas that students might not otherwise come across (i.e. maths if a student has picked all humanities subjects or visa versa) and some of the content can be used in other exams (I'm not sure how this works, but it shoulf be interesting to see]. So far, they have no actual timetabled lessons for it, but the last I heard, it is hoped that we should start having lessons from September 2005, although it might not be every week.
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    It's not mandatory at my school, thank God.
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    it's boring but it's pretty easy. don't worry about it. it's compulsory at my school right up to A2 level and you honestly don't need to do anything for it other than sit the exams. if you've passed your gcses, you won't look stupid in general studies - it's practically the same thing. and it's not that much use, anyway, as lots of universities won't consider it as an a-level.
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    (Original post by heninacoop)
    I'm changing schools next year and we have to do General Studies at my new school... I know that everybody says it's a doss, but what does it actually involve? I know that it doesn't look very good on your CV but I still want to do well so I don't look stupid... They say that we can drop it after AS but most people continue with it to A2 to give them four subjects, but I want to keep my four main subs going so I'm going to drop it.

    Do most peoples' schools make it compulsory?


    AS Levels = History, Chemistry, Economics and German (+General Studies!!!)
    because i started the year doing 4 A2's and an AS i didn't have to do genral studies which i am glad about, but the point is i have looked at it and genral studies is not the right name for it, i think random specific studies whould be better, because looking at one paper it has questions about the bones in the ear and how the ear works in details and even the biologists didn't have a clue, but is a very weird exam as some of the questions should be on year 6 s.a.t papers and then you get some you need undergradutes to answer, avoid if you can.

    Apart from rare cases like mine where my timetable was full GS is forced on you
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    I have had fun doing General Studies! I didn't go to any lessons as I'm doing four other A2s, but to be honest from what I have heard they were a write-off in my school anyway. Most of the questions are based around stimulus material of some description (I'm doing AQA A spec.); the AS exams especially had a very comprehension-like feel. The questions on the ear were of exactly this type and so by reading the information given I found I was able to answer everything, despite not being a Biologist. I think if one is a confident writer, and can think logically, General Studies is a great exam to let off some steam and tell an examiner what you think about something (in the essay questions), without fear of ruining a grade which is important to you. I got an 'A' at AS and fully expect to hold that to A2.
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    (Original post by ChrisH2107)
    I think if one is a confident writer, and can think logically, General Studies is a great exam to let off some steam and tell an examiner what you think about something (in the essay questions), without fear of ruining a grade which is important to you. I got an 'A' at AS
    :dito: I also loved the fact that I could use knowledge from geography, sociology and biology, and my own opinions, to answer questions in the GS exams on topics that didn't come up in those subjects' exams e.g organic farming vs GM food.
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    (Original post by -Sian-)
    :dito: I also loved the fact that I could use knowledge from geography, sociology and biology, and my own opinions, to answer questions in the GS exams on topics that didn't come up in those subjects' exams e.g organic farming vs GM food.
    yeah, i know what you mean, doing economics and politics allowed me to really get into the associated paper. maybe though as a result i twisted the question slightly....
 
 
 

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