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Global Politics, IBO Standard Level Certificate (Level 3) at Wrotham School

Course description

This is a two year course: Higher Level is the equivalent of one A level and Standard Level is the equivalent of one half A level. This can be taken in a combination with other level 3 courses (including A level, IB and vocational).

If taken in combination with one other IB course AND either :

  • two vocational courses OR
  • one vocational and one A level

students will be taking the IBCP (International Baccalaureate Career-related Pathway).

Course content

Developing international mindedness and an awareness of multiple perspectives is at the heart of this course. It encourages critical thinking, listening, dialogue and debate, and it nurtures the capacity to interpret competing and contestable claims. Students get to learn about and understand issues they care about. The regular movement between big ideas of global politics embodied in the key concepts, on the one hand, and the real world examples and case studies that exemplify these concepts, on the other, makes the course relevant and engaging.

All standard level and higher level students complete a common core curriculum entitled “people, power and politics”.

This consists of four core units:

UNIT 1: Power, sovereignty and international relations

UNIT 2: Human rights

UNIT 3: Development

UNIT 4: Peace and conflict

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in English


75% examination; 25% controlled assessment

Future opportunities

The IBCP (International Baccalaureate Career-related Pathway) is globally recognised and accepted by universities around the world. Some competitive university courses ask for specific IB subjects to have been studied as part of the Baccalaureate programme of study. We recommend that you research current grade requirements for that subject on and filter for the International Baccalaureate.

Possible future careers include:

  • Civil Service fast streamer.
  • Government social research officer.
  • Politician's assistant.
  • Public affairs consultant.
  • Public relations account executive
  • Social researcher.

Further information

As with any level 3 qualification, there is an increased demand for students to work independently. Students, therefore, must expect to study outside of lesson time and will be expected to work for approximately five hours a week outside of lessons in order to complete the work to the required grades for most universities and higher apprenticeships.

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: 06 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two years
  • Course code: Po
  • Number of planned places: 20