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Government and Politics A level at Walton High

Course description

Government and Politics enables students to understand how the UK political systems works, as it provides an insight into the workings of government and Parliament as well as providing the opportunity to understand the different viewpoints held by people involved in decision-making.

Course content

AS Level

Unit 1: People and Politics

This unit introduces students to the key channels of communication between government and the people. Students will study such topics as Democracy, Political Parties, Elections and Pressure Groups.

Unit 2: Governing the UK

This unit introduces students to the major governmental processes within the UK. Students will study such topics as the Constitution, Parliament, the Prime Minister & Cabinet and the Judiciary.

A2 Level

Unit 3: Introducing Political Ideologies

This unit introduces students to the subject of political ideology and examines the major ideas or Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism and Anarchism.

Unit 4: Other Ideological Traditions

This unit introduces students to more contemporary ideologies such as Nationalism, Feminism, Ecologism and Multiculturalism.

Entry requirements

8 GCSEs (A*-C) or above, including English Language and Maths.

Future opportunities

With a qualification in Government and Politics, you can go onto Higher Education or work in a variety of different fields including journalism, politics, law, the civil service and education. The subject is a useful complement to the study of A level History, Sociology, Law and Philosophy.

Further information

The course may include visits to both Houses of Parliament, the Supreme Court and to local government offices. In addition, there will be opportunities to hear speakers from political parties, pressure groups and the civil service.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Walton High directly.

Last updated date: 28 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years