Pre U Global Perspectives

Contact for further information: Mr Peter Anstee

Why do you study Global Perspectives in the Sixth Form?

Pre-U Global Perspectives is a course which has been designed to allow you to develop the key skills that you will need in the Sixth Form and beyond.   The course is focussed around the development of skills in understanding information, comprehension, research and presentation.

In Year 12 you will be shown how to work with information by studying a range of global issues.   The assessment however is entirely content free – in other words you will be assessed on what you can do rather than what you know. There are 3 elements to Global Perspectives in Year 12.  In the first, you will be expected to write a 2,000 word essay on an issue where people hold conflicting views.  You choose the issue that you study for the essay from a range of topics.  The second element requires you to produce a 10-15 minute presentation based on an issue in one of the articles in a booklet provided by the exam board.  Finally, you will complete a source-based exam where you analyse different perspectives on a topical issue.  These skills replicate many of the types of assessments that you will face in your A levels and BTECs.  Most students finish Global Perspectives at the end of Year 12 as a short course equivalent to an AS level.

If you choose to do so, you can continue with Global Perspectives in Year 13, where you are required to complete a 5,000 word Individual Research Report on a topic of your choice. Students who continue with Pre-U complete a long course option, which is equivalent to an A Level.

Where can it take me in the future?

This course is about giving you the skills that you will need whether you choose to go to university or go on to the world of work.   Pre-U is a recognised and valued qualification which is accepted by most universities.  Universities and employers all value the skills that that you develop via Global Perspectives in analysing and structuring arguments, synthesising information from different sources, independent research and communication.

What do the students say?

“Pre-U encourages independent study, which is a necessity at university.”

“In Pre-U we use our minds and understand the subjects instead of just learning facts”.

Where can I find more information?

At BCHS we follow the CIE Global Perspectives course,  1340 and 9777.  Click here for further information