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World Development A Level at St John Plessington Catholic College

Course description

This subject is offered as an A Level course. World Development is intended to develop skills of analysis and evaluation, problem solving, independent learning and communication as well as an ability to express viewpoints and opinions. It is a subject which will help you to understand people and their attitudes and beliefs, as well as the global issues that make headline news today. It will develop understanding of the issues that concern people in our society and develop a greater awareness of our role as global citizens. The course is divided into a total of four units: two AS units and two A2 units.

Entry requirements

A Level World Development combines well with other Humanities subjects including: Geography, History and Politics, as well as the social science subjects such as Sociology. It is preferable that students opting to study World Development have a GCSE in Geography, History or Humanities to ensure they have a solid foundation of some of the concepts studied in this course.


Introduction to World Development issues (70% of AS course)
Theme 1 - Development, Resources and Global Citizenship
Theme 2 - Poverty and Inequality

Topics such as resource distribution, population growth, sustainable development, poverty, international debt and globalisation will be explored through case studies such as the UK, Nepal, Japan, Kenya, Alaska, China and the Amazon as well as the study of charities such as Oxfam and the development of newer social movements such as Live 8 and Make Poverty History. 1 x written examination - 2 hours

Portfolio Analysis of World Development Issues (30% of AS course)
This coursework unit is based on the analysis of three articles (each a maximum of 500 words) on topics taken from Theme 1 (Development, Resources and Global Citizenship). It also involves a comparative essay (1000 words maximum) on a topic taken from Theme 2 (Poverty and Inequality).

Concepts and Processes of World Development (70% of A2 course)
You will study a variety of topics based around the idea of development, such as the economy, trade, aid programmes, education and health. You will complete a case study question and 2 essays within the examination. 1x written exam - 3 hours

Individual Report (30% of A2 course)
This coursework unit allows you to explore your own areas of interest in greater depth with particular focus on development issues.
1 x written report (maximum 3000 words)

Future opportunities

The study of World Development can lead to further study at degree level in a variety of subjects such as Social Policy, International Development, Human Resource Management and Environmental Management. It would provide an excellent foundation for pursuing careers in Journalism, the Media, International Relations, Charity Work and any career which requires an understanding of the global issues facing our world today.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Plessington Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 24 September 2015
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