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Government and Politics AS/A Level at Croesyceiliog School

Course description

Why should I study the course?
Government and Politics is a fascinating, dynamic study of our own country and the political features of Wales, the UK and USA. The day-to-day relevance of the subject is reason enough to study it; it does however also lay the foundation for good citizenship. Students will, after all, vote at the age of 18! Study of Government and Politics goes a long way towards producing politically educated adults who will be able to make well informed, rational choices as citizens. It is a subject that supports the development of skills, especially Literacy.

But I have heard ………
‘Government and Politics’ is an easy option’
Wrong! Government and Politics is as rigorous and challenging as any other ‘A’ level subject.

‘Government and Politics is really political indoctrination’
Wrong again! Study of this subject has nothing to do with party slogans or political bandwagons. Arguments must be weighed and opposing viewpoints considered.

‘Government and Politics is not accepted by universities and colleges’
Rubbish! Most of them have politics departments and are keen to encourage the subject in schools.

‘Government and Politics is the same as history’
Quite untrue! The skills required may be similar but their very different contents make them complementary rather than the same. Each year students do, indeed, study both with great success.

Course content

AS LEVEL
GOVERNMENT & POLITICS OF WALES AND UK
The UK Constitution
Elections
Parliament in the UK, the National
Assembly in Wales
Cabinet/Prime Minister/ First Minister in
Wales
Pressure Groups
Political Parties
The Welsh Assembly Government.

A2 LEVEL
GOVERNMENT & POLITICS OF USA
Congress
President
Pressure Groups
Elections
Supreme Court
The US Constitution

Entry requirements

  • A minimum 5 A* to C grades.
  • A minimum of a grade C in Maths and English.

Students should have a grade B, or better, in GCSE English or another literary subject e.g. History or R.S. GSCE Citizenship is a useful qualification but it is not essential. Personal research is absolutely essential. Students should use the internet to undertake research and will need to devote time to read newspapers and watch news and current affairs programmes.

Students must have strong oral and written communication skills: they will be expected to contribute to debate, present hypotheses, analyse arguments and speculate about future developments. Students will be expected to have highly developed writing skills.

Future opportunities

OPPORTUNITIES
Advertising
Banking
Economic Research
Journalism
Legal Careers
Market Research
Teaching
Hospital Administration
Leisure Management
Personnel Management
Broadcasting
Economist
Civil/Local Government Service
Political Research
Educational Administration
Social Work
Trade Union Administration

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 December 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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