Subjects, Coursework & University Entry

Your Nepal expedition provides excellent cross-curricular opportunities to combine Geography with Biology/Environmental Studies, Religious Studies/Philosophy, Economics, and World Development.

The trip will enhance your learning in the following A-Level, IB and Scottish Highers subjects through practicals, fieldwork, lectures and participatory seminars:

Subject Key Topics
Geography
  • Globalisation and Global Development
  • Resource security and sustainability: energy, water and food
  • Tourism and ecotourism
  • Tectonic processes and geo-hazards
  • Glacial Landscapes and systems
  • Global climate change
  • Migration and Population
  • Rural communities and farming systems; Rural-urban disparities
  • World cities; Urban management; Changing urban environments
Biology /
Environmental
Studies
  • Zonation; Succession; Ecosystems (jungle, subtropical forest, alpine forest, and semi-arid mountain environments)
  • Populations and environment; Conservation management and sustainable management of natural resources; Climate change
Economics
  • The roles of foreign aid and multilateral development assistance
  • Measuring development
World Development
  • Development, resources and global citizenship
  • Poverty and inequality
  • Perspectives of development
  • Economic and social development

The Global Action office can further clarify which topics under different examination boards for England and Wales (AQA, EdExcel, Salters, OCR, WJEC) and Scotland (Scottish Highers SQA) are covered in the Nepal expedition. In addition, we can arrange fieldwork and data collection in Nepal to your requirements.

Coursework and University Entry

A Global Action expedition to Nepal will benefit a student by enhancing their university and job applications. Our programme has been specifically designed to:

  • Enhance participants' in-depth understanding of the above topics. This includes completing curricular course work research for essays, and fulfilling fieldwork requirements.
  • Enhance participants' university application or job interviews. Students can use their ASDAN Universities Award (see below), and Nepal field research for their UCAS Personal Statement and university entrance interviews, helping them to stand out from the crowd.
  • Facilitate growth in participants' key skills in leadership, teamwork, and self-reliance through adventurous and challenging activities, all of which are highly valued by potential employers.

The Universities Award

Due to the high educational value of our programmes, your achievements will be rewarded! Each student completing a Global Action expedition receives the widely-recognised ASDAN Universities Award.

The ASDAN Universities Award is highlighted by UCAS for applicants to mention in the personal statement of their UCAS form. Students have found that the Universities Award has made a significant difference to their UCAS Application.

The Universities Award comprises 6 modules: Work Related Activities; Career Planning; Global Awareness; Active Citizenship; Enrichment Activities; Extended Project. Like the students who complete the University of Oxford's Summer School, all participants who complete the Global Action Programme will automatically receive the Universities Award.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Global Action can easily include extended essay topics and elements of CAS as part of your Nepal expedition:-

Extended Essay: While this is based on a research question chosen by the candidate, the Global Action office can offer a list of suggested research questions that could be covered on the expedition, acting as a foundation for the Extended Essay.

CAS: The Annapurna community project activities can be used for students - 'service - element; the mountain trekking can be used for the - active - element of CAS.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Although EPQ is supervised by the school, we can help students to observe a research topic relevant to the Nepal context. Global Action can provide a list of suggested research questions, as for the IB Extended Essay above.

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