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World Development - AS/A Level at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai

Course description

This unique contemporary course is aimed at those who are interested in learning about development issues, so that they can understand the key global considerations which will shape our lives.

Course content

You will study global issues such as poverty, the environment, aid, human rights and trade.

AS Modules


Made up of two themes.

Theme 1 - Development, Resources and Global Citizenship.

In this theme you will study: basic human needs and resource utilisation; availability and responsible use of resources; use and management of resources; sustainable development.

Theme 2 - Poverty and Inequality.

In this theme you will study: defining and measuring poverty and inequality; addressing poverty; international debt; inequality of social groups; international initiatives raising awareness of, and creating momentum for, action to reduce poverty and inequality.


Coursework - an analysis of three articles on Theme 1 - Development, Resources and Global and a comparative essay on Theme 2 - Poverty and Inequality.

A2 Modules

Module WD3 : Concepts and Processes of World Development

Theme 3: Perspectives of Development

You will study development: its evolution as a concept; current thinking and interpretations; economic, political, social and environmentalperspectives; the requirement for participation and empowerment of individuals andcommunities; sustainable development.

Theme 4: Economic Development

You will study:inequalities in economic development at global, national and local scales; approaches and attitudes towards trade; foreign direct investment (FDI); globalisation; technological development; aid.

Theme 5: Political Development

You will study: world governance structures; the requirement for empowerment of all groups in society; political participation; conflicts and conflict resolution; national and regional governments; national and local political initiatives.

Theme 6: Social Development

You will study: the inter-relationships between population and resources; the role of women; the importance of education and health; cultural and religious diversity; migration.

Module WD4: Individual Report

Individual Report – a report on a researched topic.

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSEs grade C or above to include English or Welsh (1st language) and Mathematics
  • Consideration will be given to mature students without recognised qualifications
  • Entry onto the full A Level is based on your performance at AS Level.

All places are subject to satisfactory interview.


  • 2 AS modules studied in the first year: WD1assessed by written examination in May/June.  WD2 assessed through coursework.
  • 2 A2 modules studied in the second year: WD3 assessed by written examination in June. WD4 assessed through coursework.

Future opportunities

The broad course (elements of geography, politics, sociology, and economics) is relevant and useful for many degrees.

You can also continue studying development at University by taking a degree in world development or development studies; leading to a career in charities, non-governmental organisations and other international bodies.

Career opportunities
  • University level course such as a Foundation or Honours Degree
  • Employment
  • Continue with studies with a work-based qualification at the college


Further information

Depending on the campus, students may be able to access elements of the programme in both English and Welsh through some programme learning materials being made available bilingually. Details will be provided to you at interview.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Grŵp Llandrillo Menai directly.

Last updated date: 06 October 2016

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