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Government and Politics A Level at Westcliff High School for Girls

Course description

You need to have a keen interest in current affairs, a willingness to defend your view against your fellows and an inquisitive character in order to distinguish between fact and politicians’ rhetoric. Good research abilities are essential along with good writing skills. The course will develop your understanding and evaluation of political ideas, influences and processes, and how these are applied to current society. You will also acquire a critical analytical approach to issues and controversies: a skill that will later serve you well at university and in your subsequent career. Furthermore, you will increase your knowledge and understanding of societal structures and institutions along with analysis of international comparisons. Politics will stimulate and challenge your perceptions and evaluation skills.

Course content

AS Key Learning: Looking at two particular aspects: People and Politics which introduces the main concepts of politics (the State, democracy and citizenship, dictatorship, electoral systems, parties, ideologies, and pressure groups) we ask the question – how democratic is the UK? The second aspect is about governing the UK which examines the effectiveness of government institutions (the role of Parliament, Prime Minister and Cabinet, civil service, and the Judiciary). Is David Cameron an elected dictator?

A2 Key Learning: Students will study international politics looking at the major developments in international relations since 1945: conflict resolution, analysis of international organizations (UNO, WTO, World Bank, EU and NATO), the impact upon UK politics of the changing world order, globalization, global economy, European integration and national sovereignty. What does the future hold with the rise of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq?

Entry requirements

Grade B GCSE in History or B In either English or English Literature


Assessment: Written examination.

Further information

Additional Learning Opportunities: You will have a chance to quiz leading local and national politicians in the UK, such as David Amess, and visit the House of Commons and House of Lords in Year 12. We are also planning an optional European trip, likely to be to Brussels, in February 2016, costing approximately £200.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 June 2015

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