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Government and Politics A Level at St Leonard's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Comprehensive School

Course description

From this course students can expect a widened and deepened understanding of the world around us and the issues beneath many of the most disturbing dilemmas and problems faced today, including terrorism and globalisation. Specifically the course looks in depth at both the actual, practical working of the system of government here in Britain, and the main political ideas, ideologies and philosophies that exist in the world today. Candidates are encouraged to engage with contemporary politics and current political debates.

Course content

Candidates gain an understanding of the ideas, structures and behaviour of political parties and pressure groups in the UK, as well as electoral systems, parliamentary elections, voting patterns and party ideology. Candidates will explore the composition, role and power of the legislative and executive branches of government in the UK as well as the judiciary, constitution, rights of the individual and the European Union. There will be two separate examinations, one on each of the above modules.

Candidates will investigate, explore and compare a wide range of political ideas, democratic theories and systems. They will explore the role of the state, the processes of government and the relationship between individual and state in society. Candidates will learn about an interesting and essential selection of political thinkers and philosophers from the very bizarre to the more mainstream.

Finally candidates will be given the chance to apply their knowledge and understanding of political ideas and concepts to the practice of democratic politics in the UK and the EU. They will study a range of political theories, thinkers and systems.

Throughout the course candidates are expected and encouraged to pay close attention to world political events through the radio, television and other relevant media. A2 assessment comprises two separate modular examinations, one each for the two aspects outlined above.

Future opportunities

Politics qualifications are regarded as particularly useful in career areas such as: Journalism, Health Authorities, Banking, Retail Management, Marketing, Inland Revenue, Accountancy, Public Relations, Social Work, Advertising Media, Insurance, and Teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Leonard's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Comprehensive School directly.

Last updated date: 06 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years