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Can anyone tell me what the point of General Studies is when no universities consider it towards your points total? Is it just a way of schools trying to improve their results for the league tables?

I know my school didn't do it - we had the lessons but no the exam, because they just thought it was ponitless as nowhere took it seriously
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Some Unis do accept it.
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Some Unis do accept it.
ok.........well the majority don't - so I still fail to kinda see the point of it
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My York offer accepts General Studies as one of my non maths A-Levels
Hence provided i get a B or above in Gen St it's of some use, if i fail to achieve my firm offer.

The good thing about general studies is that it can indicate some intelligence, rather than how much someone has been coached. I know someone who got a B in AS maths yet an E in general studies.
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My York offer accepts General Studies as one of my non maths A-Levels
Hence provided i get a B or above in Gen St it's of some use, if i fail to achieve my firm offer.

The good thing about general studies is that it can indicate some intelligence, rather than how much someone has been coached. I know someone who got a B in AS maths yet an E in general studies.
But then if it is supposed to indicate some intelligence then why don't all uni's consider it?
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Is it just a way of schools trying to improve their results for the league tables?
Probably, and I also remember hearing somewhere that the school/college gets money for each student they enter for it.
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Probably, and I also remember hearing somewhere that the school/college gets money for each student they enter for it.
Yup. That's the only reason most schools do it. That's what my teacher said when I questioned him about it. It's the same for critical thinking
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What you actually do in GS is fairly pointless, but the grade you get out of it can come in handy. Quite a few people in my year are using it as their third A Level for whatever reason.

We had the most pointless GS lesson ever a couple of weeks ago. Our teacher turned up twenty minutes late with a watering can. He turned it upside down and put it on the floor, told us it was a prehistoric green anteater and told us to ask about it, saying that the lesson was about our skills of perception. We then spent the remainder of the lesson asking questions about the anteater and learning about where it did its shopping (Sainsbury's, if I remember correctly)... when we asked what exactly the point of the lesson was, he said there wasn't one. He had forgotten to plan a lesson, been in the middle of watering his plants when he remembered he was supposed to be teaching us, and wanted to see how long he could keep us talking about a prehistoric green anteater that was plainly an upside-down watering can.
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our school always claimed you could use it as a bargaining tool if you missed your offer, even if the university didn't accept it - "she's got an A in general studies though...". don't know how true that is but i can see the reasoning. it was completely pointless thuogh. if it was actually on anything relevant it would be more useful.
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I can kind of see the point in A2 GS, because some unis do take it, but we're only doing AS. Now what is the point in that?
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A lot of uni's do accept it.
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What you actually do in GS is fairly pointless, but the grade you get out of it can come in handy. Quite a few people in my year are using it as their third A Level for whatever reason.

We had the most pointless GS lesson ever a couple of weeks ago. Our teacher turned up twenty minutes late with a watering can. He turned it upside down and put it on the floor, told us it was a prehistoric green anteater and told us to ask about it, saying that the lesson was about our skills of perception. We then spent the remainder of the lesson asking questions about the anteater and learning about where it did its shopping (Sainsbury's, if I remember correctly)... when we asked what exactly the point of the lesson was, he said there wasn't one. He had forgotten to plan a lesson, been in the middle of watering his plants when he remembered he was supposed to be teaching us, and wanted to see how long he could keep us talking about a prehistoric green anteater that was plainly an upside-down watering can.
Thats hilarious!!!
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my offer included it and so did my twin brothers (totally different unis)

my best friend missed her offer for pharmacy (she needed BBB, got CCC) but she had an A in GS and they accepted her

lou xxx
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Its to make 6th forms points per student total higher
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In my school, general studies was one of the best subject inspection along with other A-levels according to our Ofsted report.
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My York offer accepts General Studies as one of my non maths A-Levels
Hence provided i get a B or above in Gen St it's of some use, if i fail to achieve my firm offer.
The good thing about general studies is that it can indicate some intelligence, rather than how much someone has been coached. I know someone who got a B in AS maths yet an E in general studies.
Funny... I would draw the exact opposite conclusion from that info. Getting a B in AS maths is far harder than any GS exam. Probably the person was just taking the piss.
I got an A in maths (and further maths) but a D in GS. In GS I got the highest mark in the year in AS and the lowest in the year in A2, lol. In one of my exams I got 2/120.
GS is a joke...
Having said that, I got an offer from Manchester saying they accept GS as an A-level. *shrug*
Oh and also what kellywood said, the schools take it just for the money.
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Can anyone tell me what the point of General Studies is when no universities consider it towards your points total? Is it just a way of schools trying to improve their results for the league tables?

I know my school didn't do it - we had the lessons but no the exam, because they just thought it was ponitless as nowhere took it seriously
Lol...I know what you mean! Although some universities accept it the majority don't - eg on nearly all of my offer letters are the words 'excluding general studies.' Having said that though, I don't want to run it down - it is useful, I know loads of people who are using it towards uni offers and I would if I could. & yeah, agree with what other people have said about schools improving LT results!
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Funny... I would draw the exact opposite conclusion from that info. Getting a B in AS maths is far harder than any GS exam. Probably the person was just taking the piss.
Maths is arguably harder and requires more effort but you can practice maths a lot whereas you can't really practice writing an essay on the subject you got in the exam.

In one of my exams I got 2/120.
That sounds like you either messed around or your marker had something against your style of writing. Didn't you query it?

If you did well in Math/FM and poorly in General studies why does that suggest Maths is harder? (though obviously it is)
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That sounds like you either messed around or your marker had something against your style of writing. Didn't you query it?

If you did well in Math/FM and poorly in General studies why does that suggest Maths is harder? (though obviously it is)
Hah no I was trying to get the lowest mark possible, while still actually writing for the whole time. I drew a lot of doodles and wrote like a 5-year-old... it was fun I don't know anyone who took GS seriously except the teachers when reporting the "stunning results of our top students". They mentioned someone with 6 A's and I had to stop myself from laughing when I realised they were including GS in that.
Would you guess I wasn't a great fan of that "subject"?

And Maths... is a lot harder. You actually have to do some work for it!
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Hah no I was trying to get the lowest mark possible, while still actually writing for the whole time. I drew a lot of doodles and wrote like a 5-year-old... it was fun
Fun but alas terribly immature. Maybe an A in general studies is worthless to you but surely it's less worthless than an hour spent doodling after the school paid for you to sit the exam ? :rolleyes:

I don't know anyone who took GS seriously except the teachers when reporting the "stunning results of our top students". They mentioned someone with 6 A's and I had to stop myself from laughing when I realised they were including GS in that.
There's nothing wrong with 5 As and general studies.
I think teachers at my centre would be pleased with someone with an A only in general studies, but we've just exited special measures (which is a total farce, nothing has changed here).

Would you guess I wasn't a great fan of that "subject"?

And Maths... is a lot harder. You actually have to do some work for it!
True enough. It's much more interesting too.
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