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World Development AS at South Dartmoor Community College

Course description

World Development is a global issue! If you are interested in world travel, environment and sustainability of resources, economic development, poverty, international trade, aid and debt and geography, then you will enjoy studying this subject. World Development is only available as an AS level (a one year course) and will complement Economics, Geography, Philosophy and Ethics, Politics and Sociology particularly well. It is taught through the Geography department.

Course content

Theme 1: Development, Resources and Global Citizenship
Key Ideas
1. There are basic human needs and these have an impact on resource utilisation
2. There are limits to environmental tolerance which affect the availability of
3. The responsible use of resources for development involves sustainable
4. There are competing claims and views on the use and management of natural
5. Different types of environments and agencies require different approaches to
sustainable development.

Theme 2: Poverty and Inequality
Key Ideas
1. Poverty can be defined and measured in different ways
2. Poverty and inequality is created and addressed in many different ways.
3. International debt has hindered some countries' ability to address poverty and
4. Particular social groups experience inequality.
5. International initiatives may raise awareness of, and create a momentum for,
action to reduce poverty and inequality.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE passes at grade C or above, including English, Mathematics and Science.


This course is only available as an AS course and will be assessed in June at the end of the academic year. It is open to both year 12 & 13.

Future opportunities

Non- graduate jobs may include travel and tourism. Graduate jobs may lead to careers in International relations and development work, Social policy management, Human Resources Management and Environmental Management.

Further information

World Development lessons will be taught in Place House and on the main campus using specialist rooms. A wide range of resources are provided but New Internationalist magazine is a valuable resource with relevant and topical articles. The Guardian, The Times and The Observer newspaper with its focus on International Development and Environment are also highly recommended.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Dartmoor Community College directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years