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Government & Politics AS/A2 Level at Heathfield Community College

Course description

Politics is a course students enjoy studying as we give you the opportunity to debate current affairs and through studying politics you also gain a much wider understanding of the world around you. It has never been a more exciting time to study Government and Politics. The recent General election in Britain, the recent Referendum on Scottish independence and the rise of parties such as the Green Party and UKIP has meant that there are more and more discussions about politics and how Britain should be governed. In A2 you will study the contrasts and connections between the USA and the UK by studying the fascinating and often peculiar world of American politics.

Course content

Year 1

UNIT 1: People, Politics and Participation

This unit focuses on the theme of political behaviour in the UK including why and how people vote.

Assessment Information

1 hour 30 mins written examination, worth 50% AS, 25% A Level

UNIT 2: Governing Modern Britain

This unit focuses on the process of governing the UK: including the British Constitution and the role of government.

Assessment Information

1 hour 30 mins written examination, worth 50% AS, 25% A Level Year 2

UNIT 3: The Politics of the USA

This unit focusses on how democracy works in the USA including the electoral process and political parties.

Assessment Information

1 hour 30 mins written examination, worth 25% of A Level

UNIT 4: The Government of the USA

This unit focuses on the Constitutional framework of the USA, the role of US Congress and the Supreme Court

Assessment Information

1 hour 30 mins written examination, worth 25% of A Level

Entry requirements

A* - C in GCSE English Language

Assessment

See Course Content for full details of assessments.

Future opportunities

Politics is a popular subject for Universities, students who take politics gain critical thinking and analytical skills, students develop their skills of debating and communicating. Politics helps prepare students for many different forms of employment including work in journalism, education, the legal professions and any employment that requires critical thinking and judgement.

Further information

Politics is a diverse qualification and compliments other subjects such as History, Law and Sociology.

Student Views

‘Very good teaching, fun learning environment’, ‘Most interesting subject by far’ Student voice 2015

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heathfield Community College directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year AS Level / 2 years A2 Level
  • Course code: AQA 2150
  • Number of planned places: 20

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Helen Holmes, 6th Form Pastoral Manager
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01435 866066 ext 1227
    • Email address:
    • hholmes@heathfieldcc.co.uk

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