GSO Test

Global Perspectives (Pre-U)

Awarding Body

CIE (Cambridge)

Assessment Structure

Year one: exam (25%); essay (30%); presentation (45%)
Year two: 5000 word dissertation

Minimum entry requirement

  • NBP16C level 3 entry requirements
  • 5 x GCSE (7)

Why should I study this course?

Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives aims to prepare you for positive engagement with a rapidly changing world, broadening your outlook through the critical analysis of, and reflection on, issues of global significance. You will become critically aware of your own beliefs and assumptions and those of others, developing valid arguments by reflecting on and interpreting a range of evidence. Advances in technology have changed our access to information and the way we communicate and work. Increasingly, you are faced with a multiplicity of competing ideas, information and arguments and you need to be able to think critically to deconstruct arguments, to differentiate between the ways in which people express their perspectives, to assess and evaluate claims and to develop lines of reasoning. This course is graded up to a maximum D1, which is a grade higher than an A*! 

What will I learn?

This syllabus is firmly based on skills rather than specific content. Through the study of global issues (ranging from plastic waste to political conflicts), you will explore different and sometimes opposing perspectives and will acquire and develop thinking and reasoning skills as well as research and communication skills. These skills will enable you to meet the demands of the twenty-first century and to make a successful transition to study in higher education.

How will I learn?

Cambridge Pre-U GPR is taught as two successive one-year courses, with the Research Report growing seamlessly out of the skills introduced and developed as part of the Global Perspectives course.

What can I do with my qualification?

Universities tell us that Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives and Research (GPR) is an excellent preparation for undergraduate study as it gives real evidence of independent, critical thinking. It will support you for the future, by teaching you:

- independent and self-directed learning;
- how to think laterally, critically and creatively, and to acquire good problem-solving skills;
- comprehensive understanding of any subject through depth and rigour of research and analysis.

What do students say?

“I’m so good at arguing now! I have learned that I can only have conviction in my ideas if I truly understand where others are coming from.”

“I love the debate and discussion in class, as well as the freedom to pursue topics that interest me.”