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Politics and Government at Uckfield Community Technology College School Sixth Form

Course description

You like debating contemporary and controversial issues?  You enjoy exploring the views and perspectives of others?  You watch the news and are interested in the wider world?  Then this might well be for you.

Course content

The specification is currently being reformed for a new course starting September 2017. As of summer 2016, no details have been published as yet. It is anticipated that most of the content is likely to remain in place. Up until now, the course included the following:

Year 1: Unit 1 – People & Power: British Political history since 1945; the theory and practice of democracy; political concepts such as power, authority, freedom and rights; democratic participation, elections and electoral reform; political ideologies, beliefs and parties; pressure groups; how democratic actually is Britain? Unit 2 – Government and constitution of the UK: how does government and the state function – executive, legislative, judiciary functions of government; the EU; devolution and local democracy.

 

Year 2: Unit 3 – Structures of Global Politics: It gets really exciting in year 13! International relations & diplomacy; world history since 1945. Globalization; the state & foreign policy; international institutions - roles and functions; TNCs and global capitalism; conflict studies (including Iraq, Afghanistan; the war on terror. Unit 4 – Global political issues: poverty, inequality and hunger; environmental pressure points and attempts to resolve or contain them; nuclear proliferation; international law, human rights and humanitarian intervention, European Union issues.

 

Entry requirements

An average of 40 QCA points including a 4 in GCSE English

Assessment

100% exam

Future opportunities

Understanding the working of government at various levels and in various contexts or countries requires thorough analysis and good conceptual acquisition for making use of data and current affairs events. A-Level Politics is therefore both “academic” an engagement as well as “down-to-earth” through its relevance to every citizen, including, of course, the student such as yourself. Politics is widely offered at universities and combines very well with Economics, History, Languages, Business Studies, Sociology and Philosophy in Higher Education establishments. Students with a Politics background can be found in all tiers of government, public service, community work, business, marketing, social work, personnel administration, in academia, the diplomatic service, teaching and related professions.

Further information

Course Leader:

Mr D Buschle

uccdbuschle@uctc.org.uk

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Uckfield Community Technology College School Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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