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Politics A Level at Teignmouth Community School

Course description

Politics is a fascinating and complex subject, and this A Level Course will provide you with a firm grasp of its underlying principles and systems. It aims to develop your critical thinking skills to allow you to interpret and evaluate the nature of politics. Through studying this course you will gain knowledge and understanding of the political system of the United Kingdom and you will look at the differences between it and other political systems. You will also learn about the rights and responsibilities of the individual.

Course content

The Edexcel GCE in Politics consists of three externally examined papers. Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year.

Component 1: UK Politics and Core Political Ideas There are two compulsory sections to this component, UK Politics and Core Political Ideas.

Component 2: UK Government and Optional Political Ideas There are two sections within this component, UK Government and Political Ideas. Students study UK Government and one political idea from a choice of five from the Political Ideas section.

Component 3: Comparative Politics There are two optional sections within this component, Government and Politics of the USA and Global Politics. Students study one of these. The A Level Politics Course enables students to:
- Develop a critical awareness of the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes;
- Acquire knowledge and understanding of the structures of authority and power within the political system of the United Kingdom, and how these may differ from those of other political systems;
- Acquire knowledge and informed understanding of the rights and responsibilities of the individual;
- Develop an interest in and engagement with contemporary politics.

Entry requirements

You will need five GCSEs at C grade or above including a grade 7 in either English Language or English Literature. Although no prior knowledge or understanding of any political systems, institutions or ideologies is required, prior study of politics or a similar subject such as history and citizenship at GCSE would provide a helpful introduction.

Future opportunities

Whether you want to get into politics, become a journalist, enter law, or simply want to add a highly-rated Social Science A-level to your CV, this course can get you started on the way to your dream career. Students can progress from this qualification to:
- university courses that relate directly to government and politics
- university courses that will benefit from the skills acquired from this GCE, for example law, economics, philosophy
- employment where analytical skills are essential, for example management, finance, government, industry and business environments

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 May 2017

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