Switzerland School Trip Educational Benefits


Subjects, Coursework & University Entry

Switzerland provides excellent cross-curricular opportunities to combine Geography with Science, Economics, Politics, Modern Languages, and World Development. The trip will enhance your learning in the following GCSE, A-Level, IB and Scottish Highers subjects through practicals, fieldwork, lectures and participatory seminars:

Subject Key Topics
  • Global Governance
  • Globalisation and Global Development
  • Resource security and sustainability: energy, water and food
  • Global Migration
  • Superpowers and Geopolitics
  • Trade and Global Connections
  • Managing natural hazards
  • Global climate change
  • Health and Human Rights
  • World cities: changing urban environments
  • Tourism and ecotourism
  • Particles and radiation
Biology / Environmental Studies
  • Populations and environment; Ecosystems and sustainability; Conservation management and sustainable management of resources
  • Evidence for global warming
  • Power, sovereignty and international relations
  • Human rights; development
  • Peace and conflict
Modern Languages
  • French
  • German
Modern Studies (Scotland)
  • International politics, the UN, international aid
World Development
  • Economic, political and social development
  • Development, resources and global citizenship
  • Perspectives of development

The Global Action office can 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 Switzerland expedition.

Coursework and University Entry

Our Switzerland programme has been specifically designed to:

  • Enhance participants' in-depth understanding and analysis of the above topics. This can include 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 Switzerland 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 Switzerland trip:-

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 Switzerland trip, acting as a foundation for the Extended Essay.

CAS: The Lötschental Valley and Les Diablerets/Grand-Eau treks 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 Switzerland context. Global Action can provide a list of suggested research questions, as for the IB Extended Essay above.

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