Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)
Cambridge International A Level Global Perspectives & Research provides students with the opportunity to further develop their research skills through the in-depth study of an academic topic of their own choice. Students should be supported in identifying a suitable research topic, devising and developing an appropriate research question and engaging fully in the research process. As such this syllabus builds on the higher-order thinking skills of analysis, evaluation and synthesis but focuses primarily on developing students’ research and communication skills. The A Level is assessed over the two years in the following ways:
Written examination: consisting of compulsory, structured questions based on sources provided with the examination paper.
Essay: Students explore different perspectives on issues of global significance arising from their studies during the course and write an essay based on their research. The essay title is devised by students themselves.
Team Project: Students work in teams to identify a local problem which has global relevance. Individual team members research the issue and suggest solutions to the problem based on their research findings. Teams work together to agree a set of proposed team solutions to the problem.
Cambridge Research Report: Students devise and develop a research question. This is answered in a report based on independent personal research.