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GOVERNMENT & POLITICS - AS/A2 Level (OCR) at The Crypt School

Course description

Both AS & A2 Government & Politics are one year courses and are offered as part of a full time study programme

Course content

AS Level:  You will learn about the work of parliament, the ideas of different political parties and their contribution to democracy, pressure group politics, the work of the Prime minister and the Cabinet, the Judiciary, and study the nature of the British Constitution 

You will also analyse the structures of authority and power within the political system of the UK and how these may differ from those of other political systems –for example the European Union and the United States of America

A2 Level:  We will find out about the US constitution, differences between the Republic and Democratic Parties, pressure groups in the USA, the work of Congress and the powers of President. You will find out about groups such as the Tea Party and how they and many Americans are very much against Obama’s policies, despite his initial popularity. 

You will also analyse how politics works in the USA and to what extent it may differ from those of other political systems studied – for example The UK and the European Union

Entry requirements

As well as the standard Crypt Sixth form entry requirements, a minimum of a B grade at GCSE English Language and History (if taken)

No prior knowledge or understanding of any political systems, institutions or ideologies is required, although prior study of politics or a similar subject such as History and Citizenship at GCSE would provide a helpful introduction.

It is more important that you have a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in politics and current affairs, a desire to explore new ideas and an ability to communicate your ideas effectively.

Assessment

The units and assessment are:

AS Unit F851: Contemporary Politics of the UK 1.5 Hour written examination

AS Unit F852: Contemporary Government of the UK 1.5 Hour written examination

A2 Unit F853: Contemporary US Politics 2 hour written paper

A2 Unit F855: US and European Politics (comparative study) 2 hour written paper

Financial information

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Future opportunities

 Politics can be a useful choice for a wide range of careers, such as journalism. law, teaching and research, as well as management training programmes that require three good A levels/a degree of any discipline 

Government and politics A levels can be combined with and complement a wide range of social sciences and humanities subjects.  T

his subject can also offer the opportunity to progress to a career in politics

Further information

Who should apply for the course?

This course will appeal to those students who: 

  • Enjoy debating current affairs and politics, and keeping up to date by reading a newspaper or using other news media – internet, news programmes, BBC Question Time, etc. 
  • Have a keen appreciation of the need to participate in the democratic decision making process 
  • Like doing a subject that affects their everyday lives 
  • Like doing a subject that offers the opportunity to progress to a career in politics 
  • Want to keep their options open – Politics can be a useful choice for a wide range of careers and can be combined with a wide range of social sciences and humanities subjects

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Both AS & A Level are 1 year courses

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