Government and Politics - A Level at City of Oxford College
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.
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.
6 x C grades at GCSE including English.
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.
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.
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.