World Development - AS (1 year) / A2(2 years) at Avon Valley College
The course explores the problems associated with economic growth and population pressures and how
these have led to the depletion of the world's natural resources. Through evaluating evidence from a range of global case studies, you will consider whether the earth's resources can accommodate a fixed population capacity. You will also look at the ways in which poverty has been created within the more and the less
developed world, examining specific social groups and their experiences of inequality, as well as considering the strategies employed to address these problems. You will study a range of issues such as Apartheid in South Africa, deprivation amongst teenage mothers in the UK, gender inequalities in Bangladesh, the
different types of aid and the effectiveness of each. The course will consider the Trade not Aid debate and the views of those who believe aid to the less developed world should be reduced rather than increased.
You will evaluate the importance of values and attitudes in understanding different views about
development and poverty, formulating your own informed opinions and judgments. In particular, you will examine the efforts made to reduce global poverty through initiatives such as Live 8 and the Drop the Debt Campaign. Similarly, there will be an investigation of the Millennium Development Goals and the progress made with them.
You will need five A* - C grades at GCSE (including English and Mathematics).
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Avon Valley College directly.