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can anybody tell me that what is general studies subject included?

is it Business Studies a general study subject?

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general studies has 3 different modules
cultural domain - beliefs and religion
scientific domain - science believe it or not
social domain - politics

its considered by many has a complete waste of time and not all universities accept it as a genuine A level.

its hard to actually explain what it is, kind of a broad outline of pretty much everything. I do the subject and think its quite good, requires little or no work and if you mess up on your 'real' A levels it may be useful to have.
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I C, thanks a lot, hope you can do well with your a-levels.

That is the way i like this forum, you have reply very soon.

Good luck
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So? is it Business studies a general study subject?
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no problem, are you going to take it as an A level?
one more thing i can say is that its very similar to GCSE english language papers:

you are given source material to look at and comment on in the first section and in the second write an essay worth a lot of marks (half i think)
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So? is it Business studies a general study subject?

That sentence does not compute. Err, perhaps you could clarify what you mean?
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The reason I asked is because I got an offer from Loughborough, and they said "excluding General Studies"

and as i am studying a level maths physics and business studies. i am not sure that wether i am ok for their offer or not?
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business studies is not general studies, you're fine
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ohh lol, business studies is NOT general studies
completely different A levels, you're fine! what are you doing at uni?
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Thank god and you as well.

it is my first offer, and i am still confused with the system and the phases they use..... anyway, I want to study managerment or finance at Uinversity.

I am so stupid.

But once again, thanks guys.
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i've aplied to study Geology, had all my acceptances so far, the wording from UCAS is ok i think, just make sure you meet the deadlines
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I did two A level general studies papers yesterday (3 hours on a friday afternoon, not the best fun!).
Anyway, we have to do it our school as well as our 3 other subjects and we dont have any lessons for it.
The questions are really random, we had 1and1/2 hours to do 2 questions out of 6. They were something like this:
1. the development of IT has made our everyday life safer but less private, to what extent do u agree with this? (50marks)
2. Our behaviour is more affected by home or school? Discuss (50marks)

See, really random and in my opinion pointless!!!!
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(Original post by Anders)
can anybody tell me that what is general studies subject included?

is it Business Studies a general study subject?

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general studies is a waste of time!
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(Original post by Emma123)
I did two A level general studies papers yesterday (3 hours on a friday afternoon, not the best fun!).
Anyway, we have to do it our school as well as our 3 other subjects and we dont have any lessons for it.
The questions are really random, we had 1and1/2 hours to do 2 questions out of 6. They were something like this:
1. the development of IT has made our everyday life safer but less private, to what extent do u agree with this? (50marks)
2. Our behaviour is more affected by home or school? Discuss (50marks)

See, really random and in my opinion pointless!!!!
Emma- thos questions seem like dream questions to me! I have taken ICT at A-Level so the first would be brilliant for me, and the 2nd one is a nice question too and easy to 'get stuck into'.

I see what you mean about the random questions though. That is strange how the questions were 50 marks each? For our essay style paper (think its the third GS exam?) we had questions on 'art music'. There were about 4 or 5 questions worth between 6 and 15 points each- so not too bad.

Its bizarre how they gave you 2 50 mark questions though!
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The idea of General Studies is to examine stuff not taught in other subjects, and indeed that which is hardly teachable at all. To say that it's a waste of time because it's not like other subjects is rather narrow-minded, as it's not meant to be like other subjects! I would say that it is a mixture of an intelligence test, a general knowledge test, and a general skills test (i.e. essay writing skills, comprehension skills). Surely it is good to have a qualification that proves you are good on those!

I don't see how it is much of a waste of time as you need/can do hardly any preparation for the exam (just glancing over a few past papers to get an idea of what it's like was all I did), so even if it is useless it's really just the three hours it takes to do the exam that you "waste"!
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I wouldn't call general studies a waste of time at all.

It could potentially make the difference between you gaining a place at uni or not if you slip a grade in one of your other subjects.

I know so many people who have achieved good grades in other subjects (principally through rote learning) yet they fail or do extremely badly in General Studies as they have no wider knowledge, or in some cases no common sense. I think GS is therefore a good way for both employers and universities to differentiate between applicants.

It's not a subject you can revise for. It is, as the name suggests, general knowledge. Just keep up to date with the news, and consider ethics etc.

I would certainly rather have my A in general studies than have no such qualification... 2, 3 hour exams (old system) are hardly going to waste a large proportion of your life
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(Original post by joyabbott)
I know so many people who have achieved good grades in other subjects (principally through rote learning) yet they fail or do extremely badly in General Studies as they have no wider knowledge, or in some cases no common sense. I think GS is therefore a good way for both employers and universities to differentiate between applicants.
I'd just like to second that, there are some not-so-bright people in my school who were pushed into getting As and Bs in their other subjects who got Es in GS -- so I'm proud of my A to prove I am some sense as well as being able to learn syllabuses.
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i still think it is a waste of time! i have offers from all six of my uni's and none of them include general studies, they infact say that they do not accept it.
i have to spend time in school and travelling to school, when i could be at home revising for all of my other exams which i have a the same time.

if people want to do it, they should have the option, especially if their uni will accept it, but i do think that it should be made compulsory ontop of your other a levels.
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But from what I remember GS is about a week before the other exams, so it is in fact good to get you into the examination mode for your other learning-based subjects.

It's true that good universities don't tend to include it in their offers, however if you had good AS modules recorded by your referee it will doubtless help, and A-levels will still go on your CV in later life.

I do agree with you that it should be optional (it was at my school), it seems a bit harsh making people who don't want to do it.
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maybe on the board that you did, but on ocr it is right in the middle of the other exams!
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