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Government & Politics AS/A Level at Stoke Newington School

Course description

The study of government and politics is about understanding the systems and processes through which decisions about the way we live are made.

Course content

AS Level:

Unit 1: This looks at the arrangements for ensuring representative democracy and participation.

Unit 2: This encourages students to develop a critical understanding of the institutions of our representative governance.

A Level:

The A level course expands on the material covered in the first year by looking at contemporary ideas in British politics, such as socialism, conservatism, feminism, and anarchism. This study of modern political ideologies will enable you to acquire a confident political vocabulary and critical understanding of how our world operates.

Unit 3: Introducing political ideologies. This covers the major ideas of liberalism, conservatism and socialism.

Unit 4: Other ideological traditions. This examines nationalism, multiculturalism, ecologism and feminism.


AS Level:

Assessment is through two written examinations involving structured questions, stimulus response and extended writing.

A Level:

Assessment is through two written examinations involving short and extended questions.

Future opportunities

Government and politics is well suited to a wide range of careers and university courses. It develops students’ analytical skills and critical awareness and is highly valued by higher education institutions. Its study is a useful preparation for degrees in law, philosophy, politics and economics, international relations, social sciences and business studies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stoke Newington School directly.

Last updated date: 18 November 2016
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