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World Development A Level *Fees Payable* at Rochester Independent College

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Exam board: WJEC

WD1 - Introduction to World Development Issues (35% of A-level)

Four compulsory structured questions - There will be two questions from each of two themes:
Theme 1 - Development, Resources and Global Citizenship.
Theme 2 - Poverty and Inequality.
Throughout the two themes candidates should develop an understanding of the diversity of relevant values and attitudes and be prepared to justify their own views and attitudes towards the issues studied in both themes.

WD2 - Portfolio Analysis of World Development Issues (15% of A-level – coursework section)

A. An analysis of three articles on Theme 1 - Development, Resources and Global Citizenship- each up to 500 words in length.
B. A comparative essay of up to 1000 words on Theme 2 - Poverty and Inequality.

WD3 - Concepts and Processes of World Development (35% of A-level)

Section A - One structured case study question based on unseen resources. One essay from a choice of two from Theme 3 - Perspectives of Development.
Section B - One essay from a choice of six questions, two from each of Themes 4, 5 and 6.

WD4 - Individual Report (15% of A-level)

A report of up to 3000 words on researched topic, structured as follows:
· aims and terms of reference;
· collection of evidence;
· analysis and presentation of evidence;
· conclusions and recommendations.


Assessment methods: 70% exams, 30% coursework

Length of exams: WD1 – 2 hrs. WD3 – 3 hrs

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*Fees Payable*

Further information

Overlap with other subjects: Subjects such as Economics and Sociology sit well with World Development as they cover some of the same themes of analysis and evaluation. World Development is focused on human geography in many ways and so Geography as an A-level works well in combination with students studying World Development but this is really only a route that we would recommend for students wishing to pursue an academic or career path in this sphere.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Rochester Independent College directly.

Last updated date: 20 January 2016
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