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Government and Politics A Level at Philip Morant School and College

Course description

Government and Politics will enable students to develop a wide range of skills including the ability to comprehend, interpret and analyse political information. With a main focus on the British political system, you will study the Government in the UK including Parliament, the Prime Minister and the Courts. Other areas of study include an examination of UK political procedures and institutions such as democracy and political participation as well as the main political parties, pressure groups and elections. In year two, students are given the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of aspects of the subject at a higher level. There is a choice of topics including Political Ideologies, US Politics or Global politics. Throughout the course, students will be given the opportunity to engage in lively conversation and contemporary political debates.

Government and Politics will help you to develop your critical analysis skills and is an ideal course to choose if you are interested in people and society.

Course content

Our Politics specification has been designed to encourage interest in and enthusiasm for the study of Government and Politics and will enable students to develop an insight into political beliefs, central to an understanding of the modern world.

The first year of the course provides an introduction to the subject through an examination of UK political procedures and institutions such as democracy and political participation, party policies and ideas and key institutions.

The second year course allows more specialisation requiring more skills analysis and evaluation and offers a choice of challenging but comparable topics: UK and EU Political Issues; Political Ideologies; US Politics and Global Politics.

You will be given the opportunity to engage in contemporary political debates and specialise in different areas in the second year, giving students the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of aspects of the subject at a higher level.

Entry requirements

At least a Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and a genuine interest in the government and politics in this country and around the world.

Assessment

The course is 100% examination - 3 exams at the end of the second year.

You will study the following topics during the course:

  • What it is like to be part of the political system
  • How politics is undertaken in the country we live in
  • How politics is different in the US compared to the UK

Future opportunities

  • Politics
  • Local Government
  • Research
  • Charity Work
  • Public Relations
  • Journalism
  • The Civil Service
  • Advertising

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Philip Morant School and College directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2017

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