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Government & Politics AS/A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Oundle School

Course description

Debate, argument and opinions are three essential components for prospective Politics pupils. All views are valid as long as they are substantiated. Should we ever go to war? What is our responsibility to the people of Syria? How should we protest against the state? Who was a better Prime Minister, Thatcher or Blair? These are all questions about which one would hope everyone would have a view. Pupils are encouraged to hold strong opinions on these subjects and to be confident in expressing them, as well as developing the sophistication and effectiveness of their arguments on paper.

 In the Lower Sixth the course is focused on British politics and systems. In the Upper Sixth this expands to American politics and/or political ideologies. There is an expectation that pupils will have an up-to-date knowledge of current affairs and current political issues. Each pupil will have the opportunity to visit Westminster and the Supreme Court and a trip to the European Parliament is at the planning stage.

Entry requirements

 No prior knowledge is expected but an interest in politics is important. 


AS Unit 1: 6GP01 People and Politics 1 hour & 20 minutes examination [25%] The relationship between people and politics in Britain: how can we show our discontent?

AS Unit 2: 6GP02 Governing the UK 1 hour & 20 minutes examination [25%] The great institutions of British Politics: who has power and why? Who can restrict that power?

A2 Unit 3: 6GP03 Key Themes in Political Analysis 1½ hours examination [25%] Key political themes in American politics including race, elections and pressure groups OR Key ideologies such as conservatism, liberalism and socialism.

A2 Unit 4: 6GP04 Extended Themes in Political Analysis 1½ hours examination [25%] The great institutions of American politics and how they differ from the UK OR Other political ideologies including feminism, anarchism and fundamentalism.

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How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 November 2016
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