Edward Tranter achieved the highest score in the UK when he took Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives & Research (GPR) at Spalding Grammar School in June 2018, along with A Levels in law, ethics & philosophy, and history.
He is now studying in the United States, reading Philosophy at Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania after winning a place there on a scholarship thanks to receiving significant help and guidance from the Sutton Trust US programme. We spoke to him in January 2019.
'Studying Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives & Research was an obvious choice for me.
'At school I always took subjects I was most interested in as a future profession, but I found the syllabuses didn’t allow much opportunity for independent research and creativity.
'Global Perspectives & Research enabled me to explore more than any of my other subjects and also helped me learn critical skills necessary for success at university. I was able to go beyond the high school education level and pursue what interested me at the time – philosophy.
'Writing the Research Report was a new challenge for me. I had never been faced with writing a 4000 word essay before; for the first time since I started school, I had total control over what I could write about. I found it difficult at first –applying what I had learnt during the first year of the course took some getting used to.
'In the past I had struggled with dedicating time to pursue my academic interests because of a busy schedule of extracurricular activities. Global Perspectives & Research enabled me to produce assignments in the subjects I loved that I was actually proud of. It was really enjoyable to develop critical thinking techniques and then refine them so that I could write an informative essay that friends and family could read.
'I was ecstatic to receive the award for achieving the highest national score. Global Perspectives & Research was my favourite qualification by far. Being rewarded for challenging myself was brilliant.