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World Development AS/A2 Level at The Bulwell Academy

Course description


This course enables students to have an understanding of their role as global citizens and their responsibilities towards global development and sustainability .The AS course introduces world development issues. The assessment is through a written examination and an internally assessed portfolio.

The A level course examines concepts and processes of development (two units). Assessment here is through a written examination and an internally assessed individual report on a researched development topic.

Course content


The course is separated into 4 units, two AS units and two A2 units.

In AS you will study an Introduction to World Development Issues which will include development, resources, global citizenship, and poverty and inequity. During the course, you will complete a portfolio and a written exam paper. The portfolio consists of two components. These are:

An analysis of three articles on Theme 1 - Development, Resources and Global Citizenship- each up to 500 words in length.

A comparative essay of up to 1000 words on Theme 2 - Poverty and Inequality.

The World Development course should encourage you to:

  • understand the relationship between development, people, poverty, and their environment;
  • understand the nature of poverty and inequality;
  • appreciate the importance of values and attitudes in understanding different views about development, poverty and inequality;
  • develop skills of interpretation, evaluation and analysis;
  • develop informed personal opinions and judgements.

In A2 you will study a further unit on Concepts and Processes of World Development, and then you will write an Individual Report from a topic list provided by the examination board. The Individual Report is research-based and is a maximum of 3,000 words.

In addition, the A level specification in World Development should enable you to:

  • use greater depth and range of knowledge to understand the evolving processes at work in development;
  • extend their critical understanding to appreciate the complexity of interrelationships in development issues;
  • continue to develop a rationale for personal attitudes and values;
  • increase their competence in enquiry, interpretive and evaluative skills;
  • encourage candidates to articulate independent, informed opinions and judgements.


Entry requirements


Entry on to this course will require you to achieve 5 GCSEs including English and Maths, minimum C grade in Humanities, Geography or History GCSE.



% Written Exam

35% AS – Unit WD1

35% A2 – Unit WD3

Lessons per week


% Portfolio Evidence

15% AS – Unit WD2

15% A2 – Unit WD4


Future opportunities


Progression to higher education – Humanities, Geography, History, Law, Peace Studies, Citizenship, Counselling, Foreign Affairs, Journalism, Television & Film.

Careers such as Journalist, Lawyer, Surveyor, Planner, Travel writer, Archaeologist, Teacher, Film producer.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bulwell Academy directly.

Last updated date: 12 May 2015

Key information

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