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Government and Politics - A Level at City of Oxford College

Course description

Sharpen your interest in political events happening on a national or international scale and learn how the political system works - study A-level Government and Politics.

The emphasis is on the examination of current political events and issues. No previous knowledge is needed but an interest in political issues is desirable.

You gain a knowledge and understanding of how the British political system works. You also develop the skills necessary for further academic study, such as strong report writing, essay writing and study skills, including presentation skills. 


You have the opportunity to progress to A2 level where the focus is more on political concepts and ideas both in theory and practice.

You also improve the wider skills vital for success in further study or employment, including self-confidence, speaking in front of others, working with others, taking responsibility and managing your time. By the end of the course you benefit from individual support, including clear advice about higher education and careers.

Course content

Are you interested in the debate about public expenditure cuts or wondered what the terms ‘left’ and ‘right’ mean in a political sense? If so, politics could be for you! 

You follow the OCR specification.

First year (AS)
• Unit 1: Contemporary Politics of the UK
• Unit 2: Contemporary Government of the UK

Second year (A2)
• Unit 3: Political Ideas and Concepts
• Unit 4: Political Ideas and Concepts in Practice

You learn in a variety of ways, typically through discussion, group work, independent study, traditional essays, reading and research tasks. There is a balance of challenge and support. You play an active part in your learning and there is a strong focus on your individual learning needs. 

Classes take place over four days a week between 9am and 5pm. We expect our students to be fully committed to their studies and attend all timetabled sessions. In addition, you have the opportunity to attend trips and visits according to the needs of individual subjects. There are many enrichment opportunities, enabling you to extend your learning beyond the bounds of your chosen subjects.

Entry requirements

6 x C grades at GCSE including English.

Assessment

Formal assessment is through examinations. The examination periods are in May and June. A range of regular assignments, essays and class based assessments also help you to develop your study skills for the next educational step. Individual learning targets are set each term and you receive regular feedback on your progress in meeting these targets.

Future opportunities

With three A-levels the possibilities are endless. You can progress to higher education to study a variety of different subjects at degree level. A-levels also offer a high standard of education which many employers require as part of their entry criteria on to training programmes. An A-level in government and politics will allow you access to university to study a wide range of courses.A-levels also offer the high standard of education which many employers require as part of their entry criteria onto training programmes.

Further information

You will require a core text book: Sutherland J. Canvell D. OCR Government and Politics AS. Heinemann Publishers. You will also need pens, A4 lined paper and folder.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Oxford College directly.

Last updated date: 19 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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      • From Ring Road: use EITHER Banbury Road or Woodstock Road to city centre. At traffic lights, end of St. Giles (Map 1), turn right into Beaumont Street and follow signs to the rail station. At the second set of traffic lights, i.e. at the bottom of Park End Street, turn left into Oxpens Road (ice rink). The College is ¼ mile on the left.
      • From South (Newbury) A34: Turn off A34 to Southern bypass and make for Cowley. At next roundabout, turn left to city centre (park and ride on left). Follow Abingdon Road to end, form left towards ice rink and parks. The College is opposite the ice rink.
      • From A423 (Henley/Reading): Join ring road at (Sainsburys) and turn left to next roundabout and right to city centre and ice rink.
      • From East (London): M40/A40 At end of A40 turn left at roundabout signed Cowley. Continue on the ring road, (4 roundabouts) to Abingdon Road, city centre and ice rink.
      • From the train station: the campus is 10 minutes walk from the station.