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Government & Politics A Level at Burlington Danes Academy

Course description

• People and politics (democracy; party policies; elections; pressure groups)

• Governing the UK (UK constitution; Parliament; Prime Minister and Cabinet; judiciary and civil liberties) You will explore questions such as; ‘what is democracy?’, ‘are prime ministers too powerful?’ and ‘are human rights under threat?’

 • In year two students will go on to learn about political ideologies, political philosophy and current global political issues such as international relations.

Entry requirements

·At least 6 A*-B grades at GCSE including English and Maths (grades 5 and above).

· Students on this pathway will take 3 A' levels, studying linear courses for 2 years.

· Students need to achieve at least a B at GCSE in their chosen A' Level subjects, or closely related subjects (e.g. English and Science grades are used for Psychology entry. See subject-specific entry requirements)

 · Minimum of 4 B grades required not including BTEC or vocational equivalents

Key skills required to complete this course

Students must have a real interest and enthusiasm for politics.

 · Critical analysis: having an inquisitive mind to question the world around you

 · Synopticity: show links between different concepts and evaluate different arguments and viewpoints by showing how they impact on each other

 · Communication: expressing your ideas clearly, both verbally as well as in writing

· Research: independent learning and reading a variety of newspaper articles and journals.


This course is 100% exam. Exams require both short and long written responses. You will be required to use stimulus sources to analyse arguments within UK politics.

Future opportunities

This course will provide you with a confident understanding of British politics, current affairs and political philosophy. Success in this course will also prove that you can demonstrate critical analysis and construct a coherent argument. These skills are useful for a range of careers such as; law, media, banking, marketing, journalism, civil service and business.

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Key tips for success

Preview and review the lessons in the textbook and take a close interest in political news via the radio, TV, internet and broadsheet newspapers. This course is intended to be highly relevant and topical so it’s important that you can relate the issues we cover to the state of British politics today.

Additional ways to support learning

We do an annual trip to Parliament and you will also get the chance to attend relevant lectures and seminars hosted by the Politics Association. 


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Burlington Danes Academy directly.

Last updated date: 06 December 2016
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