Global Perspectives and Research – 9239

Cambridge Global Perspectives is a unique, programme that helps students at every stage of school education develop outstanding transferable skills, including critical thinking, research and collaboration. This innovative and stimulating skills-based programme places academic study in a practical, real-world context. The programme taps into the way today’s students enjoy learning, including group work, seminars, projects and working with other students around the world. The emphasis is on developing students’ ability to think critically about a range of global issues where there is always more than one point of view.

AS level encourages young people to think about and explore issues of global significance. Studying this syllabus appeals to many young people because it enables them to explore and make judgements about global issues of relevance and importance to their own lives. It offers learners opportunities to acquire, develop and apply skills in critical thinking, problem solving, research, communication and collaboration. In short, this course encourages the development within young people of global competency – the ability to define a global problem, reflect and take action.

A Level learners are offered the opportunity to apply the tools for independent, proactive, interdisciplinary study. They may engage more deeply in a chosen specialism and may make a new departure with a study in a non-school subject, perhaps one that they plan to read at university. Learners are encouraged to cross academic boundaries as part of this approach.


How is the subject taught at The City School?
  • The qualification is offered at both the AS and A Level .
  • Students can opt for GPR as one of their three main subjects, or as an additional option to suit their academic ambitions.
  • The course topics are flexible and the teacher and students decide what to study. Topics can be tailored to the individual or collective interests of the study group.
  • The classroom content and student work is maintained digitally. Students are expected to utilise I.T tools both at home and at school. Three of the four components on which students will be assessed and awarded grade are projects. Presentations will require use of multimedia, which makes for lively classrooms! Research topics may utilise information from a diverse range of sources, including but not limited to academic journals, documentaries, news articles, and films.
  • Where relevant, students carry out primary research. They may do so via interviews, experiments, surveys, and other methods of observation. At advanced stages of their project work, students are encouraged to contact relevant experts from all over the world for further guidance.
  • The teacher at TCS transitions into a research supervisor and guides the student research process for AS project components. In A2, the teacher/research supervisor also serves as an examiner.
Importance of the Subject for Higher Studies and University Programmes

The qualification is based on the demands of higher studies, touching upon the process through which eventually PhDs may be earned. Universities were involved in the development phase as they got to define what they think an ideal A’ Level student must be ready to perform.

  • Students should know that many well- known and respected universities have had significant input with Cambridge to design this course to meet their requirements
  • Students who have challenged themselves with a rigorous curriculum, developed strong critical thinking skills, and experienced interdisciplinary learning in a global context will be poised to make the most of their college experience.

MIT, for example, actually awards their own university course cred (above and beyond the recognition attached to any A’ Level qualification) to any student who secures an A or above in GPR.· “We particularly value the independence of thought, critical thinking and research and inquiry skills that GPR develops, and believe that it is a promising addition to the courses of study that prepare students well for post-secondary education,” ( MIT Office of Admissions).

  • The research projects add to a student’s profile and make them stand head and shoulders above the rest.
  • The National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC for the United Kingdom) is the national agency responsible for providing information and expert opinion on qualifications and skills worldwide. Among other key findings which made the subject uniquely beneficial was the conclusion that this subject was “particularly relevant in preparing students for higher education study internationally.”
  • Additionally, the As Level of Global Perspectives & Research makes up the core and only necessary qualification (combined with other subjects from different groups) to earn the Cambridge AICE Diploma. The Cambridge AICE Diploma is made up of individual Cambridge International AS & A Levels, which have widespread international standing as educational qualifications. In some instances it can qualify you for a scholarship, and/or extra credits when applying to international institutions.
The subject is being offered at

Central Region:

A Level Gulberg Campus, DHA Campus Lahore


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