Every student at Bedales studies Global Awareness as part of the PSHE programme. 

Bedales is unique in the UK, in making Global Awareness part of the core curriculum rather than simply an 'extra'. Since introducing Global Awareness, Bedales has used the Harvard Education School / Asia Society definition: Using 21st Century skills (critical thinking, creative thinking, collaboration and communication) to understand and address global issues. 

Designed in collaboration with both students and other academic departments, the Global Awareness BAC is horizontal rather than vertical – connecting to many other subjects but occupying its own place and addressing issues that have traditionally been absent from the secondary curriculum. The emphasis is on Politics, Economics and Law, making this both an excellent introduction to the global mindset so greatly sought by universities and employers and a useful foundation for A level subjects such as Politics, Economics, History and Geography.

Block 4, Term 1

What is Global Awareness?

Global Issue 1: The Status of First & Indigenous Peoples

  • How can a study of First Peoples help to develop a global perspective?
  • What is lost when indigenous cultures are lost?
  • How does our own tribal identity influence our perspective?
  • What does it mean to be human?

Assessment: practice data response question

Global Issue 2: Human Rights

  • What are human rights?
  • Who needs human rights & why?
  •  Why is poverty “the worst human rights violation in the world today”?
  • What are the best ways to help people out of poverty?
  • Why does it make economic sense to invest in women?
  • Why is education one of the best ways to protect children’s rights?
  • How can the media help to protect human rights?
  • How do the most successful campaigns get people’s support & money?   

Assessment 1: Data response question on Human rights, journalism and advocacy campaigns (10%)

Term 2

Global Issue 3: Global Public Health and human Rights

  •  What are the top stories in Global Public Health?
  •  Why haven’t we eradicated more diseases yet?
  •  Why is vaccination the most effective way to improve global health and alleviate poverty?
  • Why is Paul Farmer so angry?
  • Why is pain worse in some parts of the world?
  • What can a case study on FGM teach us about global health and human rights?

Assessment 2: Poster on a global health threat & gallery walk (10%)

Global Issue 3: The Arms Trade

  • What is the significance of the global arms trade?
  • What is the role of the UN?
  • What can a case study on landmines teach us?

Assessment 3: Write a position paper on why greater action should be taken to control landmines (10%)

Term 3

Global Issue 5: Peace and Conflict

  • What happened in Rwanda in 1994?
  • Why did the Genocide Convention fail?
  •  What roles did the media & public opinion play?
  • What was the legacy?

Global Issue 6: Social innovation & entrepreneurship

  • What are social innovation / entrepreneurship?
  • What can case studies of some of the most successful innovations teach us?
  • What can case studies of some of the least successful innovations teach us?
  • Why do some ideas get funding while others don’t?

Assessment 4: Social enterprise pitch (10%)

Find out more about Bedales partnerships with schools all over the world to help facilitate learning about Global Awareness.

Pre-U in Global Perspectives and Research

We are delighted to announce that we will commence teaching of the Cambridge Pre-U in Global Perspectives and Research from September 2019 in our vibrant Sixth Form Enrichment Programme.

It has long been a desire of parents, students and staff to introduce a sixth form offering to complement the BAC in Global Awareness which continues to develop in terms of popularity and success.

The Pre-U, which is suitable for all students, regardless of whether they have taken the BAC in Global Awareness, places academic specialisation in a practical, real-world context, being a seminar-based opportunity to research and explore a range of issues challenging people across the globe. Developing critical/analytical, research, and problem-solving skills essential to higher education, students will learn to place their personal perspectives in a global context, finding new inspiration and challenges for their studies.

During their study, students consider at least four topics taken from different themes. For example, genetic engineering, medical ethics and priorities, standard of living or quality of life, ethical foreign policies, or the religious-secular divide may be studied under the Ethics theme. Typically students develop the necessary skills to embark upon a realistic and meaningful research agenda.

Students will submit a presentation and an essay from their portfolio and sit an examination. The Independent Research Report gives candidates the chance to dig still deeper into a particular subject, or to cross boundaries by doing interdisciplinary work, or to make a new departure by investigating a subject not covered by traditional school syllabuses. Students submit a single piece of extended work on their chosen theme. Students can choose whether to take the Pre-U short course or to study for the two year Pre-U.

An increasing number of UK and international universities are providing statements of recognition for Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives and Research (GPR). In their view, Cambridge Pre-U GPR is an excellent preparation for undergraduate study since it gives real evidence of independent, critical thinking. This is applicable across all undergraduate subject areas due to the nature of the skills developed throughout the course.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information.

Head of Department: Abigail Wharton

Global Perspectives Pre-U | Two year syllabus | Short course syallbus