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Government and Politics A Level at Greenford High School

Course description

Government and Politics offers students a dynamic A Level course which is a highly regarded qualification to study a degree in Law, any Social Science or related Humanities degree. The AS course focuses on the way in which British democracy has evolved, how the country is governed and ways in which the rights of citizens are preserved. Students develop an awareness of the political issues that have shaped modern Britain and the current affairs that influence the present political debates including protests against tuition fees and the decisions of the Coalition. The course offers trips to the House of Commons and regularly invites guest speakers to the school. The A2 course looks at the US political system, how Presidents are elected and key political issues that are important to the US and the wider world. There is no coursework. The A Level is made up of four units tested over both years.

Course content

At AS Students study representation in the UK, governing the UK and the changing UK political system.  This will involve looking at British Political Parties and pressure groups, in particular their origins and impact.  This is followed by examining the ideas of democracy, voting patterns and behaviour as well as different systems of electing representatives of the people and the impact on the European Union on UK politics.  The A2 allows students to study US government and politics with an opportunity of comparing the US political system with the UK political system.

Entry requirements

At least a B in English Language and B in a Humanities subject.

Future opportunities

Government and Politics students are able to develop a critical awareness of contemporary issues and their historical origins. Students will develop an ability to discuss and debate issues using a broad philosophical and ethical base that will be much valued in their future careers as Managers, Lawyers, Doctors, Accountants, Civil Servants, Teachers and other professions.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Greenford High School directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016
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