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Global Perspectives and Independent Research at Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy

Course description

In Global Perspectives you will research and explore a range of issues challenging people across the globe. You will place your personal perspectives in a global context finding new inspiration and challenges for your studies and will develop your critical/analytical, research and problem solving skills which are essential to higher education. In the Independent Research Project you will be able to dig deeper into a particular subject or cross boundaries by doing interdisciplinary work in an area of real interest to you. You will study Ethics (Genetic Engineering, Medical Ethics and Priorities, Standard of Living or Quality of Life, Ethical Foreign Policies, The Religious Secular Divide), Economics (Globalisation of economic activity, Migration and Work, Impact of the Internet, The Speed of Change in technology and global trade, The ethics and economics of food,, The Economic Role of Women), Environment (Global Climate Change: Science and Politics, Industrial Pollution, Biodiversity and threats to the worlds natural heritage, The Challenge of GM Crops, Urbanisation and the Countryside).

Course content

 

 

What Units will I study?

  • Global Perspectives
  • Independent Research Project 

 

How will I learn? 

You will learn through seminar style learning, independent learning and research.  

Entry requirements

This enrichment course is required if you wish to take a Cambridge Pre-U Diploma. You may also study it as a course itself. Successful completion of this course may contribute in excess* of 140 points on the UCAS tariff (140 points for a D2, equivalent of an A* at A-Level). (*The UCAS points for a D1 which is above the standard of an A* at A-Level has not yet been published.)

Assessment

 

Formative assessment during the course will occur informally in class, through your class work and homework and through topic tests.

Summative assessment will be as follows:

01:       One externally set written paper (25 % Global Perspectives (GP) marks)

02:       One coursework essay of 1500 words marked by CIE ( 30 % (GP) marks).

03:       Presentation of up to 15 minutes using PowerPoint, video, weblog or webpages based on a stimulus pack released by CIE (45 % Global Perspective marks).

Independent Research Report of between 4,500 to 5000 words. 

This is certificated with 50 % of marks each from the Global Perspectives and the Independent Research Project.

Future opportunities

Universities value this qualification as it helps develop a range of skills that will be useful in Higher Education study.

Further information

This enrichment course is required if you wish to take a Cambridge Pre-U Diploma.  You may also study it as a course itself.  Successful completion of this course may contribute in excess* of 140 points on the UCAS tariff (140 points for a D2, equivalent of an A* at A-Level).  (*The UCAS points for a D1 which is above the standard of an A* at A-Level has not yet been published.)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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    • Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy is situated within a large green site with playing fields at the front and back of the main buildings.  Unlike many new schools, classrooms at HWGA are spacious, and most teachers have their own rooms and are accessible to support students.  Much refurbishment has taken place over the last two years.  Recent changes have included a refurbished library, refurbished and extended Sixth Form Learning Area, five brand new Science laboratories with refurbishment of the supporting preparatory rooms, a refurbished MFL department and refurbished Health and Social Care rooms.  In addition, the school is equipped with a modern  IT network including a cutting edge wireless cloud network throughout the school.  All Sixth Form students are supplied with their own laptops for study within the academy and at home.  The school has two dedicated Performing Art Suites, a Dance Studio and a large hall with high quality lighting rigs, and mechanised seating that provides a flexible performance venue.