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Goverment and Politics A Level at St John Plessington Catholic College

Course description

Government & Politics is offered as an A-Level course. Studying Government and Politics allows you to understand the world around you and the means by which societies function. Do you know who you’d vote for in a General Election? Do you think Britain should adopt the Euro? Should Scotland become independent of Britain? Do we still need political parties? Why did George Bush become President in 2000 when more people voted for his opponent? Why did Barack Obama win such a landslide victory in 2008? Why is the gun culture so widespread in the USA? All these questions, which are of crucial importance in today’s world, are explored as part of the AS and A2 Government and Politics course. Ultimately, it is about the study of power. In theory power in democracies, such as the UK and USA, lies with the people. This course will allow you to discover how much power the people really have. A fundamental part of the course is a willingness to follow the news, through the TV, internet or newspapers. There will also be the opportunity to visit the places where the news is made, such as a trip to Parliament in Westminster or there may be a visit to the White House in Washington DC.

Entry requirements

Government & Politics will develop excellent analytical skills and a variety of effective communication techniques as well as an ability to create and sustain a clear and coherent argument. It works well with subjects such as History, English and Geography at AS and A2, but equally can offer breadth of knowledge to those who have chosen a Mathematics and Science route through Sixth Form. Basically, it sits well with any combination of courses! It is expected that students will have obtained at least a grade C in English.

Future opportunities

The study of Government and Politics can lead to a wide variety of careers and further study including administration, local government, the police service, journalism, law and of course politics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Plessington Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 24 September 2015
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