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Politics A level at Langley Park School for Girls

Course description

Studying Politics at A-Level is your opportunity to learn about and fully understand the world around you. With huge shifts happening in UK Politics, the exit from the EU and America there has never been a better time to study the fascinating decisions and structures that impact our day to day life.

New A Level specifications will be taught in Government and Politics from September and these specifications have not yet been finalised so what follows is provisional. It is currently likely that we will choose the AQA specification, but we are awaiting confirmation of the specifications before making any final decisions.

Course content

UK Politics

  • The British Constitution
  • The role and structure of Parliament
  • The Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • The Judiciary
  • Devolution
  • Democracy and Participation
  • Elections and Referendums
  • Political Parties
  • Pressure Groups
  • The European Union

US Politics and comparative politics

  • The US Constitution
  • Congress
  • The Presidency
  • The Judiciary
  • The Electoral Process and Direct Democracy
  • Political Parties
  • Pressure Groups
  • Civil Rights
  • A comparison of UK and US constitutional arrangements, legislatures, executives, judiciaries, electoral and party systems, pressure groups and civil rights

Political ideas and ideologies

  • Liberalism
  • Conservatism
  • Socialism

In addition students will study ONE of the following ideologies:

  • Nationalism
  • Feminism
  • Multiculturalism
  • Anarchism
  • Ecologism

 

Entry requirements

General GCSE requirements for A level courses. We would expect students to have gained grade 6 in English and to have studied a Humanities subject at GCSE also to a grade 6 (especially History)

Skills required

An enquiring mind which likes to argue and debate opinions in an informed manner and the need to take an interest in and keep up to date with current affairs is essential. Government and Politics is not a subject which can be learned through the use of a single textbook. Indeed one of the exciting challenges posed by the subject is the requirement to use as many contemporary examples in your written answers as possible. As such you must be willing to spend time reading quality newspapers and up to date books around the topics studied as well as researching using the Internet or watching political news programmes as and when necessary. In order to contextualise up to date events you must be prepared to fill in any gaps in your own knowledge. In order to help with these demands there are a range of options available for extending your knowledge outside of normal lesson time.

Assessment

As with the content this still has to be confirmed, however, Politics is assessed entirely through examination. There is no coursework element. Both exam boards are proposing three examinations, which are worth equal weighting. These will include a range of mid-length and essay questions, some of which may be based on a source.

Future opportunities

Government and Politics is highly regarded as an academic subject by university admissions tutors. Using similar skills of evaluation and analysis to the other Humanities subjects, it fits well into the A Level profile. Success in Government and Politics reflects the ability to debate and conclude arguments interpret information and write fluently and articulately, all of which are skills important to universities regardless of the degree course you may apply for. It is pleasing to note several recent students have been excited enough by the subject to go on to study Government and Politics related courses at university.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Langley Park School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2017
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