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Government and Politics A Level at Wirral Grammar School for Girls

Course description

This is a very up to date course, offering an introduction to Britain’s political system and aiming to develop an awareness of political ideas and controversies. Anyone who enjoys debating controversial issues and who wants to learn the facts to back their arguments will enjoy this subject. Study of politics, government and constitutions is also a useful platform for budding Law students

Course content

AS Units:

Unit 1: People and Politics: this is an introduction to the study of British government and politics. You learn about political ideas, political parties and pressure groups—what they believe and how they operate; democracy and elections and electoral systems.

Unit 2: Governing the UK: you learn all about the powers of the Prime Minister, how the Cabinet operates; study the House of Commons and the House of Lords and look at the major changes to the Constitution. In addition a major fascinating study of the judicial system and Civil liberties is undertaken.

A2 Units:

Unit 3 Either Topic A: UK Political Issues:-the key political issues of law and order, the economy, the welfare state and the environment are studied
Or Topic C: - Representative Processes in the USA, where elections and voting, Political Parties, Pressure groups and Racial and Ethnic Policies in the USA are studied in depth.

Unit 4 Either Topic A:- EU Political Issues: EU institutions such as the Parliament, Commission and the European Court of Justice are studied in addition to key issues such as the fate of the Euro, Enlargement of the EU and whether the EU is turning into the United States of Europe!
Or Topic C: - Governing the USA—the US constitution and institutions are studied e.g. Congress, the Presidency and the Supreme Court; also the relationships between the legislative, executive and judicial processes.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade A*-B in English
A keen interest in current events and politics is essential; also a willingness to read newspapers and articles and undertake considerable background research and watch the news and relevant television programmes.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 September 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years