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Government and Politics – A Level at The Priory School

Course description

This course will encourage you to develop a critical awareness of the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes. You will acquire knowledge and understanding of the structures of authority and power within the political systems of the UK, EU and USA, plus an informed understanding of the rights and responsibilities of the individual. For the first AS Unit, Contemporary Politics of the UK (F851), you will study political parties, pressure groups, electoral systems and referenda, UK parliamentary elections and voting behaviour in the UK. The second AS Unit, Contemporary Government of the UK (F852) covers the constitution, the executive, the legislature, the judiciary and the European Union. At A2 you will study Contemporary US Government and Politics (F853) which includes studying elections, presidential and congressional, political parties, pressure groups, the constitution, congress, the presidency, the Supreme Court and civil rights and liberties. Then you will study US Government and Politics (F855) which involves comparing and contrasting different features of British and American politics and, where relevant, making connections to and comparisons with the political system of the European Union.

Entry requirements

You are encouraged to move on to the Sixth Form
provided that you are capable of benefiting from
the courses which are available and that you have a
positive approach to your work. The level of course
you could progress onto will depend on the results you
achieve at Key Stage 4. Minimum entry requirements
to our Consortium are 5 A*-C at GCSE or equivalent,
including Maths and English, for an advanced level
or Level 3 course. Some subjects will have additional
specific requirements.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Priory School directly.

Last updated date: 21 March 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years