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Government and Politics at Bishop Justus Church of England School

Course description

Students will study two units at AS Level. Unit 1 looks at ‘People and Politics’ and gives students a real grounding into the nature of democracy, with its strengths and tensions, and the key policies and traditions of the major political parties. Unit 2, ‘Governing the UK’, looks more at the structure of our State: the powers of monarch and politicians and the rights of the people. At A2 we will examine politics in the USA, with its talk of primaries and conventions and constitutional rights. If you want to understand the principles and ideas, developed by some of the finest thinkers the world has ever seen, that still underpin our political systems and arguments, this is the course for you. If you have ever wondered how the UK or the USA actually get things done, you will learn it here. Each unit is assessed by an examination. Both AS units are worth 50% of AS marks. Unit 1 has a 1 hour 20 minute examination in which students have to answer two structured questions. Each question is broken down into 3 shorter ones. Unit 2 is also 1 hour 20 minutes long. Students have to answer one stimulus-based question, again broken into 3 parts, and an extended question. All questions are worth 40 marks each. The A2 units are both worth 50% of A2 marks and have the same examination structure: 3 short answer questions and one essay question.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Government and Politics, which could lead onto higher education in areas of Governments and Politics or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Government and Politics such as working for the local or national government within areas of housing, tax, education, travel and other areas of government. You could also train further to become a member of parliament! You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognized qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the government related sectors. A Government and Politics A level will give you the skills to present an argument and engage with and challenge others’ views, invaluable in a wide range of careers from law to business to marketing. It will show a university tutor or prospective employer that you understand something of the world in which we live and can see past the headlines to the deeper issues, something which they are very keen to see and which will also benefit you as a person. You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Government and Politics, which could lead onto higher education in areas of Governments and Politics or more general higher education

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Justus Church of England School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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