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Government and Politics A Level at Wyke Sixth Form College

Course description

Are you concerned with how Britain and other countries  are governed? Are you interested in current affairs and what is happening in the world around you?  How, and by whom, are decisions really made?  What is meant by democracy?  How far are our civil liberties protected in our society?  How do people vote? How do pressure groups work and how can you influence decisions on those things that matter to you?  Do you think that the UK should remain as a state or do you believe in independence for countries such as Scotland? What do you think about Brexit?  If so, this is the course for you!

The subject goes particularly well with History, Law, Economics, English, Sociology and Psychology, although some students are combining politics with the study of sciences and/or maths.

Course content

Students will study three units during their two years on the course, all of which will be assessed by final examination. There is no coursework.

Unit One examines the Government and Politics of the UK. Government topics include the constitution, Parliament, Prime Minister and Cabinet, the judiciary and devolution. Politics topics cover democracy and participation, elections and referendums, political parties, pressure groups and the European Union.

Unit Two focuses on The Government and Politics of the USA and Comparative Politics. Topics include the US Constitution, Legislature (Congress), the Executive (Presidency) and the Judiciary (Supreme Court). The study of US politics involves topics on Pressure Groups, Political Parties, Electoral Process and Direct Democracy and Civil Rights. The comparative element of the unit involves students comparing the governmental and political systems of the US and the UK.

Unit Three is called Political Ideas and involves the study of political ideologies. Core topics include Socialism, Liberalism and Conservatism. Students will then finish by studying one of either Ecologism, Feminism, Anarchism or Nationalism.

Assessment

100% Examination

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: 05 December 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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