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Global Perspectives & Research (GPR) at Norton Hill School and Midsomer Norton Sixth Form

Course description

The Global Perspectives course helps students to explore the challenges that will face them as young people in the modern world – wherever they live and work. The emphasis is on giving students the tools to identify, evaluate and explore competing arguments and perspectives. Mastering these tools involves high level skills which are valued in all subjects and indeed employment. This course is a perfect accompaniment to any student taking Economics, Business, History, Sociology, the Sciences, Politics or English Literature.

Course content

The course is built around a series of topics, each one representing a key global challenge that will face candidates as adults, wherever they live and work.

The topics are organised into broad generic themes: Ethics, Economics, Environment, Technology and Politics and Culture.

Topics explored recently in GPR sessions have been as diverse as ‘Organ Donation – a Gift or a Right?’, ‘Drugs – Just what the Doctor Ordered?’, ‘Intensive Farming’, ‘Darwin ‘-vs- Creationism’, ‘Gun Control in America’ and ‘Bring back the death penalty’. Students also have the opportunity to debate and discuss topics that they feel passionately about.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE English Language or English Literature.

Future opportunities

Cambridge Pre-U has been specifically designed to prepare students for higher level university study. It develops both deep understanding and independent learning skills – so students should have a head start once they’re at university, making it easier for them to achieve their academic goals. It would particularly suit students wishing to pursue careers in any form of research, Law, Economics, Politics/Government, Media and a wide variety of occupations.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Norton Hill School and Midsomer Norton Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 05 December 2017

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