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Government and Politics (at BWS) at South Wilts Grammar School for Girls

Course description

This study of Government and Politics involves a study of the political systems of the UK and USA and the political ideas and concepts which underpin them. In Year 12 students will learn about UK pressure groups and political parties; the UK electoral system and voting behaviour; the EU; the powers of the Prime Minister and the central executive and the legislature. In Year 13 students will learn about the same type of concepts and institutions but this time how they function in the USA. Students will then be required to make connections between the two different systems.

Course content

How will you learn?

It is expected that students will supplement their formal study of politics and government by being alert to the course of events in the world of politics and following them in the available media.  Students will be taught the importance of individual learning from the start and will be expected to undertake a wide range of reading outside the classroom environment, particularly from magazines, the internet and newspapers.  Class study will involve individual and group presentation, group discussion and debate as well as more traditional teacher centred learning. Students’ progress will be monitored through a variety of written tasks, either essay style questions or shorter written assignments.  Students will be expected to become members of the Politics Society and attend talks organised by the Politics Society Committee given by national and local politicians and academics.

Entry requirements

Foremost is an interest in politics and current affairs. Students must have a genuine and informed interest in contemporary issues and a desire to understand the institutions and traditions of government. Students must be prepared to watch/listen to purposeful TV/radio news. Most students studying A level Politics will not have studied it before but students with a B grade or above in History and English Language at GCSE are likely to have the skills necessary to do well at AS and A2 level.


Examination Board: OCR

What exams and coursework are involved?

AS Government and Politics will involve students in two modular exams (25% each of the A Level grade) but no course work.   A2 Level will involve further modular exams (also 25% each of the A Level) but again no course work. Questions will be essays or source based. 

Future opportunities

A2 level Politics is a well-regarded qualification for a wide variety of higher education and career opportunities. Graduates go into a diverse range of occupations, notably Law, the Civil Service and journalism, as well as teaching and research.  Past BWS and SWGS students who have continued to study politics at under graduate level include a prospective MP, journalists, professional administrators of political parties and the London Assembly.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Wilts Grammar School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 10 June 2015
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