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Government & Politics AS & A Level at King George V College

Course description

The Government and Politics course at KGV comprises of four units, two first year units and two second year units. These units will encourage you to develop a critical awareness of the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes. Students will gain an understanding of the structures of authority and power within the UK's political system and how these may differ from those of other political systems. Once you have achieved an A level in politics, you can progress to study politics at university or even become an MP!

Course content

First Year

  • Unit 1 People and Politics - This unit introduces students to the key channels of communication between government and the people and encourages students to evaluate the adequacy of existing arrangements for ensuring representative democracy and participation. The areas covered will be elections and pressure groups
  • Unit 2 Governing the UK. This unit introduces students to the major governmental processes within the UK. It encourages them to develop a critical understanding of the role and effectiveness of key institutions and the relationship amongst them in the context of multilevel governance. The areas covered will be the Constitution, Prime Minster and Cabinet, Judiciary and Civil Liberties and Parliament

Second Year

  • Introducing Political Ideologies .This topic introduces students to the subject of political ideology and examines the major ideas of liberalism, conservatism, socialism and anarchism.
  • Other Ideological Traditions. This topic examines the ideological traditions that have developed out of, or emerged in opposition to, liberalism, conservatism and socialism.

Entry requirements

A good student will have a keen interest in politics and is eager to learn all about UK politics. You must be willing to ask questions and discuss your arguments to good effect, both in written assignments and in class debates.

Future opportunities

Government and Politics is a highly regarded A Level which can lead to many degree courses including Politics, War and Peace Studies, International Relations, History, Economics and Law. It will not necessarily lead to a career in politics but could provide a good foundation. One such example, was that of a student last year, who took A2 politics and achieved a place at Cambridge University to read law, due in a part to her excellent A grade she received in her politics exams. 

Further information

Over the past two years, the Politics Department have welcomed local MPs to talk to students. In 2015, the College hosted a Hustings for the General Election and the former Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, also visited the College for a question and answer session.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King George V College directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

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