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Government & Politics at Townley Grammar School

Course description

The most important skills that you require are the ability to write well and structure your responses. You also need to be able to support your theoretical knowledge with practical examples.

Course content

Year 12

Content overview

In year 12 the course will focus on Government and politics in the UK. Areas of study include democracy, participation, Parliament, the Prime Minister and Cabinet, elections and referendums pressure groups and the constitution. There will also be an introduction to political theory including liberalism and socialism

Year 13

Content overview

The year will begin with a conclusion to the study of political theory and then embark on a study related to American politics. The same themes will be considered in relation to America as in year 12 for the UK eg. Congress, the President, the constitution. There will be comparison between the 2 systems of government and their workings.

Entry requirements

B in a GCSE Humanities subject

A student must have achieved both of the following:

  • A minimum of 7 full course A* - C grade GCSEs including English and Maths
  • An average (mean) point score of 45 or above taking only full course GCSEs into consideration

Future opportunities

Politics works very well with a wide variety of other subjects and teaches a range of disciplines. Students often study Politics along with Humanities subjects, Economics, English, Modern Languages and many others. Politics is a very well respected subject by all, including the top universities. The skills taught therefore prepare students for a wide variety of careers including the legal profession and journalism. It's ideal if you're considering studying politics, sociology, ethics, advertising or journalism at university and is highly regarded by employers in industries including politics, international organisations, the media, government and the civil service.

Further information

The most important requirement is your interest in the subject, including contemporary political events in Britain and the USA, and being prepared to work hard. This is a new subject for most students in year 12 so we do not assume any real knowledge - but a desire to understand and engage with the topics and then to be able to address the tasks. You will need to read a good quality newspaper and watch the news, if you already do this then this is the course for you!

If you choose to study politics to degree level you will find out about the theories and practices of power and governance, from local to international level. There are many politics and politics related courses to follow at university, eg PPE.

Oxford and LSE (part of the Russell group) will usually make offers which involve at least 1 A* and 2A grades

Essex A A B-A B B

Sussex A B B

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 October 2016
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