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Politics A Level at Queens Park Community School

Course description

The AS aims to provide students with a general introduction to the study of politics by
developing an understanding of political and governmental processes in the UK. We
aim to visit the Houses of Parliament and meet prominent politicians during this section of the course.

Component 1: UK Politics and Political Ideas
This unit focuses on the mechanisms that link people to government. Its core themes are political participation, voting behaviour and the media, political parties, and electoral systems. You will learn about the ideological traditions of liberalism, conservatism and socialism.

Component 2: UK Government and optional political ideas
There will be four content areas that the students will study in depth. These include the constitution, parliament, the Prime Minister and the executive and the relationship between all of the different branches of government. You will have to learn a significant amount of content and develop a historical overview when studying the constitution.
 
The Year 13 Course
In the second year of the course the theories and skills learned in AS are used to apply analysis and evaluation to political issues in the wider world.

Component 3: Government and Politics of the USA
This will form an in depth and detailed look at the USA, how its government is organised, and how the rights of citizens are protected. This fast moving and exciting area of study will be all new for 2018!
 

Entry requirements

You will need a humanities subject at grade 5 and English at grade 5. You must be
interested in current affairs, have a basic understanding of the nature of politics,
an overview of the main features of the UK political system, and be willing to read
and research extensively. If you do not read a quality newspaper daily or watch ext
ended news programmes, this is not the course for you.

What makes Government and Politics different as an academic subject is its emphasis on debate, discussion and argument. Also, it changes every day so it is essential to keep up with what is going on in the world.
 
Politics exists because people disagree, so studying politics must mean studying how, why and when people disagree and taking an interest in these disagreements.
 
You need to be comfortable with questions to which there are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answers and enjoy thinking for yourself rather than simply accepting others’ views. You must also be comfortable writing extended answers to questions at good speed.

Assessment

Units are externally examined. Papers last 90 minutes, AS exams combine structured and extended questions. A2 exams combine short answers and longer essay questions.

Future opportunities

A Level Politics is an appropriate foundation for a higher education in politics and many other subjects. It is a subject that is highly respected by all universities due to its emphasis on analysis and evaluation skills and application to the real world. These skills are also much in demand in many careers, including law, journalism, business, and of course politics!

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 April 2018
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