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Government and Politics A Level at Blenheim High School

Course description

The A level Government and Politics syllabus examines how modern Britain and America are governed, how the state is organised and who holds real power. If you are interested in the world around you, how decisions are made, and ‘who gets what and when’, then Politics is for you.  With the new focus on bringing History, Philosophy and Politics together, there will be chances to build on previous knowledge learnt in other subjects.

You will:

  • Learn how to develop a critical awareness of the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes.
  • Understand what the structures of authority and power are within the political system of the UK and how these might differ from those of other political systems.
  • Acquire knowledge and informed understanding of the rights and responsibilities of the individual.
  • Come to foster an interest in, and engagement with, contemporary politics.

Year 1 Course Outline:

  • Contemporary Politics of the UK: Exploring political parties, pressure groups and the last 3 UK Parliamentary elections.
  • Contemporary Government of the UK: Exploring the Constitution, prime ministers and the government and the role of the European Union.

Year 2 Course Outline:

  • Contemporary US Government and Politics
  • UK/US Comparative Government and Politics Synoptic Paper

Global Politics

Assessment

Assessment in this subject consists of three externally examined papers.

Future opportunities

Students with A level Government and Politics have access to a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities. Government and Politics combines well with a range of Social Sciences and Humanities subjects to lead to university courses in areas such as business, economics, law, media, philosophy and, of course, politics. Students who choose not to go on to higher studies will have well-developed transferable skills that will allow them to explore a wide variety of employment opportunities.

Further information

The Politics department has a vibrant and contemporary edge with numerous opportunities to learn about Government and Politics outside of the classroom setting. These include workshops in the Houses of Parliament, visiting speakers from the House of Lords, academics, and residential trips such as the recent visit to New York & Washington. Students have also had the chance to participate in Politics at a local level with meetings with local councillors. A testimony to the enjoyment of the students is that over half of those currently in their A2 studies have decided to study Politics at University. An interest in current affairs and a willingness to work hard outside of lessons is vital to successful examination success.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 November 2017
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Key information

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

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