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World Development A-Level at Bristol Brunel Academy

Course description

Do you like Geography, Philosophy, Religion and Ethics, and History, but are unsure which to take at AS/A Level? How about taking all three? With World Development, you will be doing exactly that.

This is a course with a conscience. Looking at global issues such as poverty, the environment, aid, human rights and trade. You'll use case studies from around the world. For example, when focusing on the environment, you'll investigate topics from recycling in your local area to deforestation in the Amazon. 

Course content

Year 1

Unit 1: Introduction to World Development Issues
There will be two questions from each of the two themes:
Development, Resources and Global Citizenship; Poverty and Inequality

Unit 2: Poverty and Inequality
There are four themes, candidates are expected to study Perspectives of Development and one other theme.
Perspectives of development; Economic Development; Political Development; Social Development. 

Year 2

Concepts and Processes of World Development; Case study question based on unseen resources; a number of essays based on last years work; Written Paper; Individual Report externally moderated; Individual Report of up to 3,000 words on a researched topic with: aims and terms of reference, collection of evidence, analysis and presentation of evidence, conclusions and recommendations.


Entry requirements

Grade B in Humanities Subject

Grade B in English

Minimum Academic Standard for Progression into Y13

Entry into Y13 is not automatic in CLF Post 16.

The majority of students will continue into Y13 dependent on the entry criteria for courses as outlined below:

For A levels, all students must attain a minimum academic standard of passing all subjects with at least two D grades for successful progression in to Y13.

Supportive statements from subject teachers confirming suitability for continued study at A level. Following receipt of AS results, students who have met the entry requirements will be offered a place in Y13.

Students who do not meet the entry requirements into Y13 will be given guidance about a change of study programme and relevant courses available. They will not be allowed to re-sit the same core learning aims (i.e. subjects) as they did in Y12.


30% coursework with Individual Report, 70% examination with Written Papers

Future opportunities


Many students who study this go onto study World Development at university (also known as International Development Studies). You might go onto voluntary work prior to university, study abroad or gain an internship. The skills are hugely transferable to all kinds of work, but there are opportunities working with government organisations as well as charities like Red Cross and Oxfam. Companies are becoming more and more aware of their actions in terms of their carbon footprint, and it is expected that companies minimise the social, economic and environmental impacts of the business. 


Human resource officer; journalist; travel writer; environmental manager; resource management; lawyer; surveyor; planner; archaeologist; film producer; teacher


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bristol Brunel Academy directly.

Last updated date: 29 April 2015

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