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Politics at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls

Course description

This is an exciting time to be studying Politics at A level. The political landscape is shifting. Voters in the UK and the USA have surprised political commentators with their choices. Ideological, political and constitutional change are happening at pace and you can be in the front seat, analysing these events to establish their effects on who really holds power. 
The Politics course aims to prepare you for citizenship of the UK and of the world. Here, you will learn about the nature of power and systems through which it is wielded. You will learn how to effectively influence governments and will establish your own political philosophy. 
During the course you will develop the ability to understand different political systems, discussing them in the light of recent developments. We use a variety of political sources to understand both the way in which government works and current issues. Apart from acquiring information and skills relevant for careers in politics, the media, law, the civil service and local government, you will have the opportunity to develop a lasting interest in politics and current affairs. Previous students of this course have moved, after university, into the charity and policy sectors, roles in UK political parties, journalism and law. 

Course content

Course Details  Component 1: UK Politics & Core Political Ideas You will study UK Politics. Here, you will understand the methods by which British citizens ensure their views are heard by government. Topics include: political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour, the media and pressure groups. Here also, you will learn where your views fit in relation to the core ideologies of Conservatism, Liberalism and Socialism.  Component 2: UK Government & Non-Core Political Ideas You will study the institutions of government in the UK, assessing whether our constitution, Parliament, executive branch and judiciary are sufficiently democratic. We will also study feminism.  Component 3: Comparative Politics: Government & Politics of the USA US Government and Politics includes similar topics to the UK Government and UK Politics courses, comparing the US system to the UK system, examining which system is more democratic, and which provides its citizens with the greatest opportunities for participation.   
The A Level course is assessed by 3 equally-weighted examinations at the end of Year 13 of 2hrs duration each. There is no coursework. 

Entry requirements

General Sixth Form Entry Requirements: Admission to the Sixth Form will be as a result of applicants achieving a minimum Grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.  In total students need to have achieved at least six GCSEs of which at least four subjects are at Grade 6 (or Grade B). In addition students must meet subject entry requirements. Students meeting only the minimum entry requirements for the Sixth Form are likely to find the choice of subjects which they can access is restricted. 

Subject specific GCSE requirements: Grade 6 or above in GCSE English Language or English Literature. Examination Board: Pearson Edexcel 

Further information

From September 2018, MGGS will be offering two pathways at the start of Year 12. These are:

Pathway 1: 3 A levels to completion plus participation in the Sixth Form Extra Programme

Pathway 2: 4 A levels to completion plus participation in the Sixth Form Extra Programme (For students achieving at least 8 A* or A / 9-7 grades)

Decisions on whether students do Pathway 1 or 2 will not be made until after GCSE results are published in August 2018.

All students should list five subjects in preference order. The first three will be your preferred A level choices and the fourth and fifth will be considered as reserve choices. If you would like to be considered for Pathway 2, you will be able to indicate this at your Guidance Meeting in February.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Maidstone Grammar School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 06 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years