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Politics and Government A Level at Stroud High School

Course description

Politics and Government is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to get behind the headlines. It is well respected by top universities and requires both historical depth and for students to study in real time and be up to the minute. Students learn how to analyse evidence and arguments, discuss and argue from an informed point of view and communicate effectively. Studying Politics allows you to hear a wide range of opinions in lively class debates and helps you to understand fundamental things about our society.

It is particularly useful for those going on to study any of the humanities or social sciences and the analytical and communication skills acquired are transferable to careers in journalism, publishing, law, the civil service, pressure groups, political consultancy, education or business. Previous students have gone on to become the editor of Euro magazine, a barrister, a financial consultant in the City of London, an advisor to John Prescott, a Member of the European Parliament, and research assistants to Jeremy Paxman and the ex-minister David Lammy.

Course content

The specifications have yet to be finalised or accredited. As a result, we have not yet chosen which syllabus we will teach. However, the broad outlines of course content in both are clearer.

The British element of the course involves the study of electoral systems and referendums; voting behaviour; political parties; pressure groups; the British Constitution, judiciary and rights; parliament; the prime minister, cabinet and civil service; local government, regional assemblies (the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly) and the European Union. In Year 13 students will also study US Government and Politics. Topics include US electoral process and direct democracy; US political parties; US voting behaviour; US pressure groups; the US constitutional framework; the US legislature: the US executive; and the US Supreme Court. Students will also study and be examined on Political Ideologies including conservatism, socialism, liberalism and one other (probably feminism).

Entry requirements

Standard Marling School Sixth Form and Stroud High School Sixth Form entry requirements.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stroud High School directly.

Last updated date: 25 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years