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Government and Politics A Level 3 at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School

Course description

Government and Politics

A Level

EDEXCEL Level 3 Advanced GCE in Government and Politics


Skills that will be developed

You will develop an understanding of how our country works, how decisions are made and of the behaviour of people in relation to elections, ideas and power. You will begin to examine philosophical concepts such as rationalism and liberty, ideologies such as Liberalism, Conservatism and Socialism. You will develop skills of research, written analysis and debate.

What will you learn?

The Year 12 course introduces concepts of democracy and participation by looking at elections, political parties and pressure groups. It also examines the major institutions of British Government and how they operate (unit 1). The course examines the nature of political ideologies and concepts such as freedom, authority and justice (unit 2). In the final unit, we examine the framework of American government (unit 3). Students will need to keep up with developments in current affairs, particularly in British, European and American politics.

Unit 1 - British Politics

Unit 2 - Political Ideologies

Unit 3 - Politics of the USA

Enrichment

You will have opportunities to look at current affairs through television, newspapers and the internet. You will have a chance to learn through discussion, debate and research. You will gain a perspective on how our society works with an understanding of the nature of power. You will have opportunities to question fundamentals of society, develop your own views and to justify them with hard evidence.

Enrichment

You must achieve a grade 6 or higher at GCSE in a humanities/social science subject plus English.

What happens when you have finished?

Government and Politics could lead to a wide range of careers. You could go into a job related to Government and Politics such as working for the Civil Service within areas such as diplomacy, defence, justice, housing, tax, education and other areas of government. You could also become a member of parliament, or work for one as a political advisor. The course will also help you develop skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the government related sectors. This is a good A level to get you into the legal profession or into journalism.  

Entry requirements

You must achieve a grade 6 or higher at GCSE in a humanities/social sciences subject plus English

Financial information

There will be a charge for trips and visits etc.

Future opportunities

Advanced GCE in Government and Politics could lead to a wide range of careers and higher education courses. You could take it with other advanced level courses or equivalent to prepare for higher education in areas of Governments and Politics or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Government and Politics such as working for the local or national government within areas of housing, tax, education, travel and other areas of government. You could also train further to become a member of parliament! The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the government related sectors. Degrees are available in International Politics, Politics, PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics), Strategic Studies, War and Peace Studies and Government. Politics related degrees can lead to careers in business, politics, the law, teaching and journalism as well as a range of managerial and professional careers.

Further information

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 11 October 2017
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