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Goverment and Politics A Level at Southend High School for Girls

Course description

What will you learn at AS?
You will look at how politics should work in the UK and
what actually happens in practice. You will examine the
relationship between government and the people and
how this may have been altered due to the coalition. You
will also study the major political institutions within the
UK and how they may change in the future. AS comprises
two modules, both of which are assessed in examinations
at the end of Year 12. There is no coursework in Politics
and all modules are equally weighted.
Unit 1: People and Politics
(Democracy, Political Parties, Voting Systems and
Pressure Groups)
Unit 2: Governing the UK
(The Constitution, Parliament, the Executive
and Judiciary and Civil Liberties)
What will you learn at A2?
At A2 you will study Global Politics with
an emphasis on current affairs the War
on Terror, the invasions of Iraq, Afghanistan
and Libya, the rising power of China and
changing relationships with states such
as Iran and North Korea. You will learn
about the structures of global politics
and examine what power is and where it
lies in the international system.

The course also involves analysis of issues such
as globalisation, international conflict, global
poverty and human rights. A2 comprises two
modules, both of which are assessed through
examinations at the end of Year 13.
Unit 3D: Structures of Global Politics
(Approaches to Global Politics, World Order, Global Governance
and the European Union)
Unit 4D: Global Political Issues
(Poverty and Development, Human Rights, Conflict and War
and The Environment)


Entry requirements

Grade B or higher in GCSE English Language and a Humanities subject

Future opportunities

Politics is an academic A level, widely respected by employers
and universities. It develops analytical skills, debating
techniques and builds essay writing skills. The course
also provides students with an understanding of the
contemporary world and so is relevant to careers in
journalism, law, economics, international relations,
philosophy and of course politics.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years