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Government and Politics A level at Woodhouse College

Course description

Politics is all about how society manages differing opinions. It’s as much about compromise and concession as it is about strength of conviction. It impacts at every level of daily life, irrespective of your chosen career path or skill base. If you believe keeping up to date with the latest political and social news is a fundamental part of your day – if you enjoy discussion and accept that there are no right or wrong answers, then you should be on the A level government and politics course at Woodhouse.

Course content

In essence, you’ll learn analytical skills, researching and essay writing, communication and debating and team building. These are skills that will benefit you, whatever your chosen career.

 The course is structured to give you a strong grounding in the subject, specifically in terms of the structure of government and politics and its application. It’s important that you understand the topics at a practical level and that’s why classroom discussions and debates, as well as independent study projects, will focus on helping you to form your own supported views on topical matters. In your first year you’ll learn about the UK system – the theory behind it, as well as a strong emphasis on current affairs in Britain. We will cover topics such as democracy, elections, political parties, Parliament, the Prime Minister, and The Constitution. In your second year, we will study ‘Key themes in British Politics’. In addition to this you’ll include a detailed investigation into the European Union – the institutions, policies and the UK’s role within it.

Entry requirements

B in GCSE History or Geography and at least a GCSE Grade B in English Language and Grade C in Mathematics.


Awarding Body - Edexcel

The course is assessed entirely through exams, with no coursework. You’ll take two written exam papers of equal value, at the end of each year.

Future opportunities

Although many of our students go on to read pure politics at university, the skills you’ll develop on this course will equip you for a wide range of subject areas – for example law, international relations, economics, history and philosophy. Among recent A level students, one now works for a local MP having studied a PPS degree at Cambridge, one is already a Councillor in Brent and another has gone to Maastricht to study politics, an increasing trend amongst politics students.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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