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Government and Politics - AS and A levels at Coleg Sir Gar

Course description

  • Develop an interest in and an understanding of the systems of government and the political issues of Britain and America
  • Encourages a knowledge of contemporary affairs
  • Taught in modern, well equipped classrooms

Course content

The study of Government and Politics develops skills which can be used in many fields. For example, encouraging a knowledge of contemporary affairs, the ability to think logically and present a balanced, reasoned argument relevantly and coherently. You will learn to analyse and express ideas in written form and through debate and discussion. The first year course studies UK politics, focusing on elections, democracy, UK political parties and pressure groups in the first term, and the Constitution, Parliament, the Executive and the Judiciary in the second term. Year two of the course focuses on politics in the USA, studying elections, US political parties, pressure groups and racial issues in US politics in the first term, and the Constitution, the Presidency, the Supreme Court and Congress in the second term.

Entry requirements

Normally students 16 - 19 years of age will require a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grades A* - C, one of which must be either GCSE Mathematics or GCSE English Language. We strongly recommend that students have at least a grade B in English Language GCSE as this course entails a considerable amount of essay writing. An interest in current affairs would be an advantage. Entry for mature students without formal qualifications is at the discretion of the Faculty.


AS Level: 2 units will be examined (2 x 1hr 20min)

A2 Level: 2 units will be examined (2 x 1hr 30min) Examinations will take the form of short essay questions and full analytical and evaluative essays.

Future opportunities

A Levels provide an excellent basis for progression to Higher level qualfications such as degrees or Higher National Diplomas. The skills and knowledge developed during the study of Politics and Government are useful in many vocational areas including Local and National Government, Journalism, Broadcasting and Media, the Legal Profession, the Civil Service, Political Research, Teaching, Management and Administration.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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