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IB Diploma Global Politics - Block B @ The Leigh Academy at LAT16 Leigh

Course description

The Diploma Programme global politics course engages students with key political concepts and contemporary political issues in a variety of contexts and through a variety of approaches. Through teaching and learning in the subject, students develop a holistic and nuanced understanding of global politics and acquire the skills needed to analyse, evaluate and act on political issues they encounter inside and outside of the classroom.

Course content

Core units: people, power and politics

Four compulsory units:

·         Unit 1: Power, sovereignty and international relations

·         Unit 2: Human rights

·         Unit 3: Development

·         Unit 4: Peace and conflict



A political issue of personal interest, complemented with research.


Global Political Challenges

Political issues in two of the following six global political challenges researched and presented through a case-study approach:

·         Environment                           •   Poverty

·         Health                                      •   Identity

·         Borders                                   •   Security

Entry requirements

  • 5+ A*-C (9-4) grades in GCSE
  • grade in a Humanities -related subject and Grade 6 in English



A political issue of personal interest, complemented with research. Coursework assess the ability to research, write and present information and is equal to 20% of the overall grade. 


In the examinations there is an emphasis on written skills, testing your ability to form an argument and interpret information and is equal to 80% of the overall grade.

Future opportunities

This course will prepare you for an Undergraduate degree course at University.

Careers could include:

  • Politician
  • Lawyer
  • Solicitor
  • Teacher
  • Senior Business Leader
  • Journalist

Further information

Sarah McCabe-Knowles, DoL Humanities

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 03 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years