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Government and Politics at Formby High School

Course description

Our lives are dominated by politics. People’s everyday concerns — health, the economy, crime, education, war are all, to some extent, controlled by politicians.

The course is concerned with power and how it is distributed. You will develop the skills and knowledge needed to understand politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes.

In Year 12 you will learn about UK Government and Politics, including the UK’s key institutions such as parliament, the office of Prime Minister, political parties and the UK constitution. You will also learn about what influences how people vote and the strengths and weaknesses of first past the post, the UK electoral system.

In Year 13, students learn about different political beliefs and ideologies and then consider these ideologies in action. All of the above is brought to life and made more realistic by follow ing current affairs and having the opportunity to visit parliament.

Course content

AS Level Units (Year 12):

  • Unit 1: People, Politics & Participation
  • Unit 2: Governing Modern Britain

A2 Units (Year 13):

  • Unit 3: Ideologies (Liberalism, Socialism, Conservatism, Fascism)
  • Unit 4: Ideologies in Action

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE English Language or English Literature . A g rade B in History if studied.

Future opportunities

A Level Government and Politics can help students access a number of university courses and careers. The skills developed will provide excellent preparation for a number of careers such as law, journalism, government, human resources, teaching, marketing and politics.

Government and Politics qualifications are highly valued by a range of employers, as students of this subject are inquisitive and make their own judgements on information presented to them. They also develop strong written and verbal communication skills and are capable of working independently .

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September