Global Perspectives (Pre-U)
Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives & Research
Co-ordinator (Year 12/Stage 1): Mr M Thomas
Co-ordinator (Year 13/Stage 2): Mr M Scott
This exciting new subject is studied by all students in the Sixth Form and was introduced at West Kirby Grammar School in September 2014 to replace A-level General Studies. Global Perspectives is taught by teachers who share their expertise across a number of relevant subjects such as science, humanities, technology and languages. This two year course enables students to consider issues of global significance under the broad themes of economics, ethics, environment, science & technology and politics & culture.
Through the analysis of the credibility of sources, students enhance their skills of thinking, reasoning and analysis. By developing supported arguments, they can assess the impact of research on their personal perspectives. They learn not just to argue against but to engage sympathetically with radically different views. This empowers students to communicate their views about information and research effectively and convincingly and facilitates students to acquire critical and independent dispositions.
The department makes use of a variety of interactive technology to support learning. Additional activities are offered to enhance learning and broaden student’s knowledge base such as outside speakers in a variety of disciplines such as genetic engineering, world slave trade and alternative sources of energy.
Universities particularly welcome the academic rigour of the qualification’s linear approach and agree that it is excellent preparation for university courses and/or entering the workplace.
For the Stage 2 (Year 13) guide, please click on the link below.