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Government and Politics A level at Abbey College, Ramsey

Course description

  • Develop a critical awareness of the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes
  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of the variety and workings of political parties and systems in UK (AS) and US (A2)
  • Acquire knowledge and informed understanding regarding the nature of citizenship and participation in contemporary politics
  • Develop critical thinking and written communication skills

Course content

Units for AS

Unit 1: People and Politics - Democracy, Participation, Elections and Electoral systems, Political Parties and Pressure groups. Encourages the evaluation of the nature and adequacy of existing systems.

Unit 2: Governing the UK - Political Processes and a critical evaluation of the role and effectiveness of the major political institutions (Parliament, Prime Minister, Supreme Court).

Units for A2

Unit 3: Representative Processes in the USA - examines electoral mechanisms and their effectiveness, outcomes of recent elections and voting behaviour.

Unit 4: Governing the USA - examines the institutional framework of US government and considers the interrelationships between its legislative, executive and judicial processes and the health of US federalism.

Entry requirements

5 A-C grades, preferably B in English.

Assessment

Unit 1 - One hour twenty minute (80 mins) exam consisting of two structured questions from a choice of four. 80 marks in total.

Unit 2 - One hour twenty minute (80 mins) exam consisting of a choice of one stimulus-based question from two, and then the completion of one extended question from a choice of two. 80 marks in total.

Unit 3 - One hour thirty minute (90 mins) exam consisting of three short-answer questions from five and one essay question from three. 90 marks in total.

Unit 4 - One hour thirty minute (90 mins) exam consisting of three short-answer questions from five and one essay question from three. 90 marks in total.

Future opportunities

The study of politics is an excellent introduction to the modern world and enhances all subjects. Universities are increasingly interested in the critical thinking skills of their students and Politics is an especially good subject for enhancing and demonstrating those skills. Politics goes particularly well with History and Sociology, and students can go on to use Politics in a number of areas such as Public Service, Journalism, local and national government work.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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