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Government and Politics AS and A Level at Shenley Brook End School

Course description

The Government and Politics A level is an exciting course that allows students to engage with political debates and gain deeper understanding of politics at a national and international level.  Government and Politics will enable students to develop a wide range of skills including the ability to comprehend, combine and interpret political information; analyse and evaluate political knowledge; identify connections, similarities and differences between the areas studied; select relevant material and construct and communicate arguments clearly and coherently using appropriate political vocabulary. 

At AS Level, students will develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the political system of the UK.  This will be followed by further specialisation at A Level where students will look at Global Politics. This will investigate how politics operates on a global scale as well as looking at issues that have an impact at a global level, for example climate change and terrorism. Government and Politics is a course that can complement subjects such as History, Geography, Philosophy and Ethics, English, Sociology, but it can be taken in conjunction with maths or sciences, to give a broad educational base. 

Government and Politics will provide students with knowledge and skills which will prepare them for higher education and which are also useful in any career.  Students with an A level in Government and Politics would be well supported in going on to University but would also give them access to a diverse range of
careers such as: journalism, law, social work as well as politics.

Course content

AS Level
Unit 1 – 6GP01: People and Politics  
Unit 2 – 6GP02: Governing the UK 

A level
Unit 3 – 6GP03: Structures of Global Politics
Unit 4 – 6GP04: Global Political Issues

Entry requirements

Students wishing to study Government and Politics require a grade C or above in GCSE English, achieved on the higher paper.  Students will be expected to read widely and use the library and other sources to research the topics they are studying, as well as to be able to produce extended pieces of writing.


AS Unit 1 : Written examination - (50% of the AS marks, 25% of the total A level marks)
Unit 2:  Written examination - (50% of the AS marks, 25% of the total A level marks)
A LEVEL Unit 3: Written examination – (50% of the A LEVEL marks, 25% of the total A level marks) Unit 4: Written examination – (50% of the A LEVEL marks, 25% of the total A level marks). There is no coursework requirement.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shenley Brook End School directly.

Last updated date: 09 August 2016
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