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Government and Politics A Level at Hitchin Boys' School

Course description

This course will encourage you to develop a critical awareness of the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes. You will acquire knowledge and understanding of the structures of authority and power within the political systems of the UK, EU and USA, plus an informed understanding of the rights and responsibilities of the individual.

For the first AS Unit, Contemporary Politics of the UK (F851), you will study political parties, pressure groups, electoral systems and referenda, UK parliamentary elections and voting behaviour in the UK. The second AS Unit, Contemporary Government of the UK (F852) covers the constitution, the executive, the legislature, the judiciary and the European Union.

At A2 you will study Contemporary US Government and Politics (F853) which includes studying elections, presidential and congressional, political parties, pressure groups, the constitution, congress, the presidency, the Supreme Court and civil rights and liberties. Then you will study US Government and Politics (F855) which involves comparing and contrasting different features of British and American politics and, where relevant, making connections to and comparisons with the political system of the European Union.

In addition to your timetabled lessons you will be expected to be alert to the course of events in the world of politics through newspapers, television and on the internet. All units are assessed by written examination. The study of government and politics provides a solid basis for those proceeding into higher education.

The subject is well viewed by universities and is recognised as a sound base for further study in the arts, humanities and social sciences. It provides a capacity for analysis, an ability to communicate and an understanding of the decision-making process.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements to our Consortium are 5 A*-C at GCSE or equivalent, including Maths and English, for an advanced level or Level 3 course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hitchin Boys' School directly.

Last updated date: 23 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years