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Politics (Government and Politics) A Level at Matravers School

Course description

Politics is the study of how people reach decisions and settle disputes and how this in turn makes an impact on society. Politics is a subject that unites and divides people and the decisions that politicians make affect every aspect of our lives: health; housing; education; war and peace; and the economy. As a democratic society we seldom agree on how to resolve these issues and this leads us to vote for political parties; they have competing views on how society should work, they choose our political leaders and represent us in Parliament. But, have you ever wondered what politics is really about and what politicians are up to on your behalf? Do you want to get under the skin of the main political issues of the day and find out what’s really going on? If so, Government and Politics is for you. You may not be active in politics, but are you an unreconstructed Marxist, a wishy-washy Liberal, or have you opted out altogether? If you don’t know, Politics will help you to investigate different political ‘ideologies’ and find your own political beliefs, just in time for you to vote in your first general election!

Course content

Unit 1: People, Politics and Participation: Democracy in Action in Contemporary UK Investigates democracy and how it works in contemporary UK through the electoral system. You will look at political parties and how they work with pressure groups to form policies and make the laws that govern every aspect of your daily life.

Unit 2: Governing Modern Britain: UK political institutions Looks at the institutions that make up our modern political system in the UK and the tensions between them: Parliament; the Prime Minister and Cabinet; the Judiciary and the Law, as well as the British Constitution.

Unit 3: Political Ideologies Focuses on the major Political Ideologies such as Liberalism, Fascism and Socialism and what they mean for the way in which countries should be governed.

Unit 4: Themes in Political Analysis: Governing the USA Moves over the ‘Pond’ to look at how the USA is governed and the burning issues of the day in the ‘States’.

Future opportunities

Students taking this A Level learn a wide range of skills. They find out how to communicate their ideas in writing and through discussion and debate; they acquire skills of critical analysis and develop a healthy scepticism for the politicians of the day. Politics is a great stepping stone to read Humanities and Social Science subjects such as Politics, History, Sociology, Economics and Geography at university. It is also a good preparation for a career in journalism, law or marketing. You might even decide to stand for Parliament!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Matravers School directly.

Last updated date: 24 January 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years