• The purpose of this course is to encourage students to make cross-curricular links; to develop a maturity of thought appropriate to students at this level; and to achieve an understanding and usage of the English language which enables them to express arguments, ideas and opinions in a reflective and academic manner. An awareness of the wider implications of particular issues will enhance the quality of the student’s response to the questions; the General Paper is not a test of general knowledge. The key objective is for the student to convey information or opinion in a way that is thoughtful, perceptive and immediately intelligible to the reader.