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Government & Politics: A level linear, NO AS qualification at St Richard Reynolds Catholic College Sixth Form

Course description

What is it about?

Government and Politics A level will enable students to develop a wide range of skills including the ability to comprehend, synthesise and interpret political information; analyse and evaluate political knowledge; identify connections; similarities and differences between the areas studied; select relevant material and construct and communicate arguments clearly and coherently using appropriate political vocabulary.

Who does it suit?

Students who wish to study Government and Politics will have an interest in how our country is governed. Pupils with an interest in American politics will also find this is the course for them!

Course content

What will I study?

People, Politics and Participation:
This unit focuses on the theme of political behaviour in the UK. It explores how people's different patterns of participation can be explained and the forms of participation in a democracy.

Governing Modern Britain:
This unit focuses on the process of governing the UK, with power dispersed from local to European levels.  The extent to which Britain's unique constitution regulates the process of government and maintains the balance between individual rights and the power of the state is explored.

The Politics of the USA:
At A level there is a requirement for synoptic assessment and, in this unit, it is expected that students will draw upon and extend the political knowledge, skills and conceptual understanding gained from their studies and make the necessary connections between the areas studied.

In addition to timetabled lessons, this subject requires 5 hours of private study per week.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSE grade 5 - 9 including English Language and Mathematics

Subject specific:
GCSE grade 6 History

Assessment

Module 1:
What's assessed?

Unit 1: People,Politics and Participation
Two structured, source-based topics from a choice of four

Duration?
1.5 hours

% of A level?
25% of A level

Module 2:
What's assessed?

Unit 2: Governing Modern Britain
Two structured, source-based topics from a choice of four

Duration?
1.5 hours

% of A level?
25% of A level

Module 3:
What's assessed?

Unit 3: The Politics of the USA OR Ideologies
Two topics from a choice of four

Duration?
1.5 hours

% of A level?
25% of A level

Module 4:
What's assessed?

Unit 4: The Government of the USA OR Political Issues: Ideologies in Action
Two topics from a choice of four

Duration?
1.5 hours

% of A level?
25% of A level

Future opportunities

Potential careers are armed forces, police, law, solicitor, barrister, politics, researcher, charity work, human resources, marketing, management, media, social media, advertising, radio, presenting, civil service, lecturer, teacher, journalism, publishing, travel and tourism, graduate training schemes and public relations.

Complimentary A level courses are History and English.

Further information

Students will undertake a visit to Prime Minister's Questions and also to Parliament.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 09 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mr Matthew Butcher
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 020 8325 4630
    • Email address:
    • m.butcher@srrcc.org.uk

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