Global Perspectives and Research 9239

Why Choose AS and A Level Global Perspectives & Research?

It is widely recognised that we live in an increasingly digitised and inter-connected world. The means by which we access information and the pace with which this takes place are profoundly changing the way we learn, communicate and work. Increasingly, young people are faced with access to a multiplicity of competing ideas. 


In such an information-rich society, young people need the skills and dispositions to be able to think critically. In the broadest sense this means that they need to: deconstruct arguments, differentiate between the ways in which people express their perspectives, views, and arguments, assess and evaluate claims and develop strong lines of reasoning. This will ensure that you will have the twenty-first century skills to communicate and collaborate in today’s society.

What Will I Learn in Global Perspectives and Research?

On this course you will explore issues of global significance and make judgements about global issues of relevance and importance to your own life. You will learn, develop, and apply skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, research, communication and collaboration. In short, this course encourages and develops your ability to define a global problem, reflect and take action.


This syllabus is firmly based on skills rather than specific content. Through the study of a range of global issues, you will explore different and sometimes opposing perspectives. Recognising these perspectives will help to nurture a climate of cross-cultural awareness and promote cultural agility. 


Cambridge International AS Level Global Perspectives & Research encourages transformative learning. You will become more aware of your own beliefs and assumptions and more able to be self-critical. This leads to an increased willingness to modify your own standpoint and be open to different views and ways of thinking. You will develop research skills that will enable you to obtain information, evaluate its reliability and usefulness and use the evidence gathered to construct your own arguments and lines of reasoning.

How am I Assessed?

For  AS Level Global Perspectives & Research, you will take three compulsory components: Written Examination; Essay; Team Project.
For A Level Global Perspectives & Research, candidates take four compulsory components: Written Examination; Essay; Team Project (from AS Level); and a Research Report. 

Component 1 – Written Examination – 1 hour 30 minutes- 30 Marks – Weight at AS Level 30%, at A Level 15%
Written examination consisting of compulsory, structured questions based on sources provided with the examination paper. Candidates analyse and evaluate arguments, interrogate evidence and compare perspectives on global issues listed in the syllabus.

Component 2 Essay – 35 marks – Weight at AS Level 35%, at A Level 17.5%
Candidates 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 candidates themselves. The essay must be between 1750 and 2000 words and written in continuous prose.

Component 3 Team Project – 35 marks  – Weight at AS Level 35%, at A Level 17.5%
Candidates 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. While the focus of the task is on team work, each candidate within a team prepares two pieces of work for individual submission. 

These are:


Each candidate presents an eight-minute live presentation of their individual research and proposed solutions to the problem. Team presentations are not permitted. (25 marks)

Reflective Paper

Each candidate explains these team solutions in an individual 800-word reflective paper. (10 marks)Component 4 Cambridge Research Report – 75 marks – weight at AS Level )Not available), at A Level 50% Candidates devise and develop a research question. This is answered in a report based on independent personal research. The research report must not exceed 5000 words.

Can I Take A Level GPr  if i didn’t do or did poorly in IGCSE GP

There isn’t a simple answer to this question. Global Perspectives and Research (GPr) is a very demanding course, it is very coursework heavy and therefore students will spend much of As and A Level working independently of the teacher. Therefore, first and foremost you need to be a highly self-motivated individual.

With that being said, if you did poorly in IGCSE GP because you messed up in the exam or coursework and the above applies to you, then there is no reason you couldn’t continue into AS and A Level GPr, however, if the reason you did poorly was down to your own inability to organise yourself and work independently in IGCSE GP, then it will only get worse in GPr, so I would advise against it.

If you have never done IGCSE GP then it is more difficult because in AS Level GPr there are 2 pieces of coursework and a written exam all to be completed in a year. This is similar to IGCSE in structure, but obviously more difficult as it is completed in a single year and not over two years. 

Not having done IGSCE GP will give you a significant disadvantage because teaching doesn’t happen all year round in GPr, as much of the year students’ work on their coursework. The role of the teacher becomes more of a facilitator to the students completing their coursework. However, again, if you are a hard worker and self-motivated and can work independently of a teacher, then yes, maybe you could join the course. 

What subjects does GPr fit well with and how will it help me in University?

GPr is a cross-compatible curriculum as it is an entirely skills based course. What this means is that you are being tested on skills rather than knowledge. The skills you learn are transferrable to almost any other subject available at AS and A Level.

Remember on this course you learn to research, critically think, self-evaluate your own work and views, and construct sound and logical arguments. You have to write research papers and you learn to work with other students. All of this applies to most other subjects in As and A Level.

At University level, the above applies even more so, and as in GPr you have to be self-motivated and independent learners, something that GPr heavily focuses on developing in its students.

So in a nut shell, GPr will help you develop the life skills that are a necessity in University and in life in general.