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Government & Politics A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Felsted School

Course description

Given the sheer scale of the political
changes that have engulfed both the
British and American political systems
since the banking crisis of 2008 it could be
argued that there has never been a more
important time to study the political
trends that are shaping the lives we lead.
 
Government and Politics is a subject that
encompasses aspects of History and
Economics and therefore it is multifaceted.
 
It is a subject that enables students to
make sense of a rapidly changing world,
whether it be Britain’s relations with the
EU or the possible implications of Scottish
devolution, and at A2 Level, to understand
the complex politics of what is still the
most powerful country in the world – the
USA.
 
Above all, it is a subject which, by its
very nature, is constantly evolving and
provides ample opportunities for students
to think through and debate their own
political ideas. Study trips, for instance to
the Houses of Parliament, and visiting
speakers, also help to bring the subject
alive for students.
 
The analytical and evaluative skills
required of Government and Politics
students serve as an excellent preparation
for many humanities-based degree
courses; especially those such as
International Relations and PPE, which
have a specific Politics component. The
emphasis on extended writing and
forthright, reasoned debate helps students
develop vital intellectual skills that they
will need at university and beyond.

 

Course content

Students can usually expect to be set one
significant piece of written work per
fortnight. This is most usually an
examination answer or essay. One of the
major differences between GCSE and A
Level study is the greater emphasis on
wider reading and research and this is
particularly important in a constantly
evolving subject like Government and
Politics.
 
Therefore, all students of
Government and Politics are expected to
engage in their own wider reading. Taking
out a subscription to a publication like
The Week, The Economist or The New
Statesman can be hugely beneficial.

Entry requirements

There are no rigid entry recommendations
but to make a success of studying
Government and Politics it can be helpful
to have studied History at GCSE and to
have achieved a B grade in this subject.
Even more importantly, Government and
Politics students need to have a genuine
interest in current affairs.

Assessment

AS Level
Unit 1
People, Politics and Participation (UK Politics).
50% (25% of A Level)
 
Unit 2
Governing Modern Britain.
50% (25% of A Level)
 
A Level
Unit 3
The Politics of the USA. 25%
 
Unit 4
The Government of the USA. 25%

Future opportunities

With the likes of David Cameron, Ed Balls,
Danny Alexander, Barbara Castle, Edwina
Currie and Tony Benn all having studied
Politics as part of a PPE degree, it can
sometimes seem as if studying Politics at
university can lead almost inevitably to a
career in politics!
 
However, more usually
students who complete a degree in Politics
or International Relations, have a wide
range of careers options open to them, in
careers as diverse as the Civil Service, Law,
Banking or working in the corporate
world.

 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 June 2015
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  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years

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