Preparation for university studyCambridge Pre-U GPR has been specifically designed to prepare students for university study. It develops both deep understanding and independentlearning skills – so students should have a head start once they’re at university, making it easier for them to achieve their academic goals.Universities have told us they find it difficult to select the best students, those who are going to do well at university. They have welcomed Cambridge Pre-Uand the skills of independent study it promotes. Universities have also welcomed the clarity of the Cambridge Pre-U grading system, which allows themost selective universities to distinguish between students who may receive the same grade at International A Level.
seminar-based Global Perspectives course helps students to follow and deconstruct arguments, to separate fact from opinion,
and to assess and evaluate the truth of claims. Related skills involve knowing where to look for information, how to construct
arguments, and how to assemble and handle evidence. Students choose from within five broad themes: Practical Ethics, Economics,
Environment, Technology and Culture. The emphasis is on giving them the tools to identify, evaluate and explore competing
arguments and perspectives in a critical and disciplined way. Mastering these tools involves high-level skills which are valued
in all academic subjects and indeed in employment.
The Independent Research ReportUniversities put great value on a student’s ability
to engage in independent research because it demonstrates
the direct skills of collecting, handling and evaluating information of various kinds. And also wider study skills involving
planning, time management, prioritization, self-motivation, sustained concentration and communication. The Independent Research
Report, completed in the second year of the course,
gives students a number of options: • Digging deeper – going into a chosen topicsin greater detail,• Crossing boundaries – focusing on a topicthat overlaps several school subjects,• New Departures – looking into non-schoolsubjects, for example, anthropology.The end product will be a single piece of extendedwriting, based on individual reading and research ona topic students can choose themselves.