Awarding Body:EdexcelCourse Duration:1/2 Years

Minimum Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at Grades A*- C including English and Maths.

Course Content

AS level there are 2 units to study:

People and Politics: An introduction to the subject; Democracy, and participation Pressure Groups, Political Parties Policies and Ideas, Elections and Political Participation.

Governing the UK: Here we look at the central institutions of government; the Constitution, Parliament, the Prime Minister and the Cabinet, Judges and Civil liberties.

A2 level there are 2 units to study. These will concentrate more on political theory and will be an introduction to the political ideologies of Liberalism, Conservatism and Socialism. In addition we will examine rival traditions such as Nationalism, Anarchism, Feminism, Ecologism and Multi-Culturalism. Most of these will be related to the happenings and events of the UK, which connect with the first year of the course.

Methods of Teaching

You will develop a range of useful skills and aptitudes in the classroom based on a number of learning strategies. These will include group and team work, problem solving, presentations, lectures, critical evaluation and class discussion/debate, a range of questioning, role-play.

Methods and Patterns of Assessment

There is no formal coursework requirement on either the AS or A2. However, we do have internal patterns of assessment that include close monitoring of notes, set written work assignments on a regular basis, periodic tests and general monitoring of progress. We expect students to follow current affairs closely and to report to the class in groups on Politics in the News. Please note students are entered for their final exams at the end of the course in the summer.

Financial Implications

Students are required to purchase set textbooks for both AS and A2 levels. In addition we recommend that students buy designated journals and attend conferences and a visit to Parliament. The College has a Student Support Fund for those students who have difficulty meeting these costs.

Career Progression

Politics at this level can lead to many opportunities and is accepted by all universities. In the past we have noticed that students with ambitions to go into the Legal profession Business, Journalism and the Civil Service have found the course particularly useful. Otherwise there is no specific career path that students follow; anything is open to them.

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