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AS/A2 Government and Politics at Durham High School For Girls

Course description

The AS course comprises two units of study, examining the politics of the United Kingdom. The first will introduce students to the study of Politics by considering the meaning of citizenship, how elections are organised, the role of political parties and the party system, as well as the importance of pressure groups in the U.K. The second unit concentrates on the major institutions of the UK government. We shall consider the role of Parliament, the House of Commons and the House of Lords. This unit also examines other features of British government - the Prime Minister and the Cabinet, the Civil Service and the Judiciary. The A2 unit also comprises two units of study, examining the politics of the United States. The first unit will examine the representative processes of the US political system by considering primary and caucus elections, political parties and their traditions and pressure groups. There will also be some investigation of civil rights issues in the USA. The second unit examines institutions of the USA, such as the Supreme Court, Congress and the Presidency.

Entry requirements

No specific GCSE qualifications are required but an interest in current affairs is important. An ability to express and develop your own ideas and opinions, both in written work and class discussion is an advantage.

Financial information

Please see our website for fees details.

Future opportunities

This course can be used to support applications for courses in History, Law or Politics, but would also be useful for Sociology and a number of related degree courses. By studying Government and Politics, you can begin to develop skills, which are valued in a wide range of jobs, namely the ability to conduct research, to analyse ideas or events and reach conclusions, as well as communication skills. Government and Politics can therefore provide a useful background for jobs in central and local government, business, industry, law and the voluntary sector. 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 recognised 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. 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 recognised 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. Government and Politics complements a number of A and AS courses, in particular History, Economics and Business Studies. Students also regularly combine Government and Politics with courses in Mathematics, Science and IT. N.B. There is no overlap with History A level.

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 Durham High School For Girls directly.

Last updated date: 18 May 2015

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