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POLITICS A LEVEL at Queensmead School

Course description

1) Looting on the streets of London
2) Student demonstrations against rising tuition fees
3) Riots over food scarcity in Greece

What do these three recent events have in common? They are all demonstrations of politics, collective expressions of discontent, anger or anxiety about the way that society operates and allocates its resources. When you choose to study A Level in Politics, you will take a fresh look at the issues of power and conflict, and develop a deeper understanding of the meaning of democracy or despotism. In Britain, social conflict is often resolved through voting or pressure groups. However, in other countries, violence, terrorism and war are used as decision-making tools. As a Politics student, you will use a range of reallife examples to question how and why this happens.

Course content

The first year is designed to develop a critical awareness of the nature of politics, political ideas, institutions of government and the structure of power and authority within the UK. There will be opportunities to take part in visits and conferences.

AS LEVEL

  •  People and Politics: How people participate in the political process, democracy, pressure groups, political parties. What is the nature of power?
  •  Governing the UK: Parliament and Government, The Courts, Judges and Human Rights, What are Constitutions?

A LEVEL

There are two modules examined in June.

  •  The major political ideologies from Socialism, Conservatism, Liberalism and Anarchism through to Feminism, Ecologism, Multiculturalism and Nationalism are studied historically, globally and in their contemporary impact.

Entry requirements

GCSE passes should include English Language/Literature at grade B or above. A student who is interested in the world around them and who is keen to explore why and how things in our society are the way they are would do well in this subject.

Assessment

  •  People and Politics: How people participate in the political process, democracy, pressure groups, political parties. What is the nature of power?
  •  Governing the UK: Parliament and Government, The Courts, Judges and Human Rights, What are Constitutions?

Future opportunities

A Level Politics is an appropriate qualification to be accepted on to a full range of careers and courses in Higher Education and beyond. The study of Politics will encourage you to think about how the world around you works, as well as developing your thinking skills, interpretation and critical analysis.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 May 2015

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