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Government & Politics A-Level at Christ's College Finchley

Course description

Politics is a popular subject at A’ level with the vast majority of students enjoying and succeeding so much at AS that they choose to go on and study it at A2. In fact over half of A2 students then, in turn, do a politics related course at university. Most Politics students at CCF do the subject in combination with other writing subjects but many scientists have done Politics as a contrast and interesting complement to their studies.

Politics is taught in an energetic and engaging manner with class time set aside for debate, pupil presentations and arguments regarding current political issues. Students will be encouraged to not only study politics in an academic sense but also engage and participate in the political world as active citizens.

The department follows the EdExcel syllabus and at AS we study British Politics including – Parliament, the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Judges and Rights, the UK Constitution, political parties, the UK election system, pressure groups and the theories that surround democracy.

At A2 we study American Politics and this exciting topic includes – the US Constitution, the Supreme Court, the Presidency, Congress, US political parties and pressure groups, US election processes and race as a political issue in the USA.

Students who study politics at CCF are encouraged to participate in events outside the classroom.

CCF Politics students grill their MP

In the last 2 years this has included:

Attendance at 6th form Politics Conferences to hear leading political figures speak.

Visits to the Houses of Parliament

Q&A sessions with local MPs

MEP speaker sessions at CCF

Visit to the UK Supreme Court

Debates in the House of Commons

Model UN sessions at UCL

A Constitutional Convention organized by Unlock Democracy

LSE’s annual Political Conference for 6th formers

A trip to the EU Parliament

Year 13 students in the Commons

The department supports and encourages students to use their work experience week to further develop their political studies. Students have been successful in gaining work placements

·         In the House of Lords Library as a research assistant

·         Shadowing an MP in the House of Commons

·         Legal work at Court

·         A mini-pupillage with barristers and solicitors.

·         Voluntary charity work with disabled young people

As so many students go on to study politics and related subjects at university the department prepares pupils for their future studies too. Public lectures at the LSE, UCL and Kings are regularly attended by students in the evenings after school. PPE Open Days at Oxford are attended annually as students consider such subjects at university. Taster Days are part of their preparation too as students make up their minds about future study.

Politics at CCF will soon have purpose built facilities in the new 6th Form Building and this can only enhance the opportunities that can be offered to our budding political scientists.

Entry requirements

For studying at Advanced Level

Applicants must achieve a minimum average GCSE score of 40 points (where A* counts 58 points, A as 52, B as 46, C as 40, etc.).  Students who have studied at BTEC Level 2 must have achieved a high Merit grade as a minimum.  In addition there are GCSE requirements for individual subjects, where they are oversubscribed. Where subjects are oversubscribed, places will be offered to students in rank order of their average point score.

Subject specific requirements

A Grade B is the normal requirement in the subject you wish to study at Advanced Level but a Grade B does not guarantee acceptance on to the course.  Where a course is under-subscribed consideration will be given to those candidates who marginally fail to meet the entry requirements.

For the Government & Politics A-Level specifically you must achieve the following:

 

GCSE English C

GCSE B in a written subject*

*Written subjects at GCSE = English Language, English Literature, History, Business Studies, Geography, RE, Humanities, Sociology, Economics, Media Studies and Classical Civilisation.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ's College Finchley directly.

Last updated date: 11 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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