Government & Politics
Politics, Aristotle’s “master science”, affects all of us every single day. From the speed that you can drive to college at to sending citizens to fight and die in overseas wars. If you are interested in understanding how the UK is governed and interpreting and deconstructing current political debates then this course is ideal for you â€¦
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
In the first year you will study two modules designed to develop and deepen your understanding of British government and the political landscape:
Unit 1: People, Politics and Participation. In this module you will study forms of political participation; voting behaviour; types of electoral system used in the UK; the history, ideology and organisation of the main political parties; and the impact of pressure groups and protest movements on policy-making and public opinion.
Unit 2: Governing Modern Britain. This module examines the nature and sources of the British constitution; the roles, functions and powers of Parliament; the changing powers of the Prime Minister and cabinet; and the impact that devolution has had upon Parliamentary sovereignty.
In the second year you will study a range of political ideologies, such as liberalism, socialism and environmentalism.
You will have the opportunity to visit Parliament; G&P students often compete with the collegeâ€™s debating team; work experience placements with local MPs are often available.
You will sit two exams at the end of your first year and two exams at the end of your second year. Each exam is worth 25% of your overall A-level qualification. There is no coursework element to this subject.
FUTURE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:
A-level Government & Politics provides a good basis for degrees in Law, History, Philosophy, European Studies, Social Sciences, International Relations, as well as Politics. Students who study politics progress into a range of careers including the media, law, business, journalism, teaching and the civil service.
To study an A-level programme you will need to achieve 5 GCSEs grade A* – C, including English and Maths. There are no additional requirements for this subject.
This subject will take two years to complete. Please note that this is not yet a linear subject, therefore you will be taking exams at the end of your first year that will count towards you final A-level qualification.
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