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Government and Politics GCE AS Level (Marple Campus) at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College

Course description

Politics is the study of power and decision-making in our society. The first year focus is on the British system of government, including parliament, Prime Minister, parties, elections, pressure groups and concepts of democracy, representation and participation. In the second year you study ideas and beliefs: socialism, conservatism, liberalism, nationalism, feminism and ecologism. You will be encouraged to have your own views and to listen to the opinions of others. Politics is constantly changing and an awareness of current events is vital. If you are interested in the world around you, and in debating ideas, then this subject is for you.

Course content

Unit One

You will learn about the nature of democracy in the UK, the policies and ideas of the major parties, how elections work and whether they can be improved, and about the ways that pressure groups exert influence.

Unit Two

You will study and criticise the British constitution, parliament, the prime Minister and cabinet, the judiciary and civil liberties in the UK.

Entry requirements

A good GCSE performance in literary subjects e.g. History, Geography, Sociology, Religion, English.

Financial information

Unit 1 – written exam: 1 hour 20 minutes. Answer two structured questions from a choice of four. (January exam) Unit 2 – Written exam: 1hour 20 minutes. Answer one stimulus-based question from a choice of two. (Summer exam)

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year