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A Level World Development at Ousedale School

Course description

International Development is a multi faceted, relevant and increasingly high profile issue facing the global community. The UN and its linked organisations oversee global development issues and the Department for International Development (DFiD) spearheads the UK’s response. Charities and fund raising events like Comic Relief raise awareness and promote specific projects.

Degree courses in International Development are highly competitive and the career and employment opportunities in this field are many and varied; they include managing disaster response and recovery with the UN, working for global organisations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Bank, and working with local communities on projects with NGOs like Oxfam and Practical Action.

World Development is the A level course in International Development. It gives you an understanding of global issues like poverty, social justice, the sustainable use of natural resources, the status of women, and the importance of education and health in development. International Development has strong links with Geography, Economics, Sociology and Politics.

This course will give you opportunities to research and work independently and encourage you to keep up to date with new ideas and initiatives.

Course content

AS Course Structure

WD1: Introduction to World Development
Theme 1: People, Resources and Global Citizenship
Theme 2: Poverty and Inequality

WD2: Analysis of Issues: 30% Coursework
Theme 1: An analysis of 3 articles.
Theme 2: An individual research essay.

A2 Course Structure

WD3: Concepts and Processes
1.Synoptic question on an unseen resource
2.Theme 3: Perspectives of Development
3.Theme 6: Social Development including the status of women, education, health, migration, and culture.

WD4: Research Report: 30% Coursework
Explore an issue that interests you from any part of the World Development syllabus.

Entry requirements

5 x A* - C at GCSE level Minimum Grade B in English Language GCSE


Coursework: 30%
Examination: 70%

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ousedale School directly.

Last updated date: 06 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years