IB (Higher) Social & Cultural Anthropology

Social Sciences

Social Sciences
Social Sciences
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type International Baccalaureate Diploma
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Anthropology is about “making sense of other people’s worlds, translating their experiences and explaining what they are up to, how their societies work and why they believe in whatever it is that they believe in” (Erksen 2006). Social and cultural anthropology is the study of different cultures and human societies, understanding what makes us different to different human beings across different societies.

The course aims to enable students to develop an understanding of a range of contemporary issues in our society such as war, conflict, the environment, poverty, injustice, inequality and human and cultural rights. The course examines how society is changing and what life is like to live in these different societies. 


Part 1: Engaging with anthropology

  • Language of anthropology
  • Practice of anthropology
  • Anthropological thinking

Part 2: Topic choices 

  • Group 1 - (Classifying the World, Health, Illness and Beyond or The Body)
  • Group 2 - (Belonging, Communication or Expression and Technology)
  • Group 3 - (Conflict, Development or Exchange and Consumption)

Part 3: Engaging in anthropological practice - which involves completing your own fieldwork 

How will it be delivered?

This course is assessed through a mixture of externally and internally assessed work.

Entry requirements

Minimum of five 9-5 grades in GCSE examinations including English and Maths.

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  • Working for the Government
  • Education
  • Market Research
  • International Aid Worker
  • Charity Work