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Government and Politics AS/A Level at Wymondham College

Course description

Government and Politics examines the relationship between political ideas and political practice and in doing so enables students to develop a wide range of skills including the ability to comprehend, synthesise and interpret political information, and to analyse and evaluate political knowledge.

In addition, it develops research techniques and encourages the student to communicate arguments clearly and coherently. These are attributes widely valued in a range of professions.

Course content

AS Level

UNIT 1: PEOPLE, POLITICS AND PARTICIPATION

This unit focuses on political behaviour in the UK.

  • It explores how people’s different patterns of participation can be explained and the forms of participation in a democracy such as voting behaviour, the influence of electoral systems in communicating political opinion, political parties and pressure groups.

UNIT 2: GOVERNING MODERN BRITAIN

This involves a focus on the process of governing the UK.

  • It investigates the British Constitution, the role of Parliament, and the governance of Britain at both national and local level. The sources, purposes, uses and restraints upon public power are examined.

A Level

UNIT 3: IDEOLOGIES

The political ideologies of Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism and Fascism are explored, considering the origins and development of political theories, major political thinkers and how their ideas impact on current political systems.

UNIT 4: AN EXPLORATION OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE USA

The constitutional framework of the USA is explored and the course examines how far the American system separates the respective branches of government – the legislative, the executive and the judicial.

Entry requirements

A genuine interest in current affairs with GCSE English or History at Grade B or above.

Assessment

AS Level: 2 Exams.

A- Level: 1 Exam / 1 Coursework study

Future opportunities

The skills of enquiry, research, analysis and evaluation developed in Government and Politics are widely valued in a range of professions including the diplomatic service, civil service, local government, education, journalism and politics.

These skills can be transferred to other careers including business and teaching.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 May 2016

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