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Government and Politics AS/A Level at Bow School

Course description

The common assumption is that the United Kingdom is a democracy. In theory, we the people, control the Politicians. Politicians have a huge power over us but how much power do we have over politicians? People have power mainly through elections in which they vote for their favoured party and/or set of policies. Alternatively people can join pressure groups, in an attempt to influence government policy perhaps by demonstrating. You will start to understand how such processes work and then start to judge for yourself whether or not the UK is sufficiently democratic.

This course allows you to study contemporary politics and develop a strong understanding of the factors shaping the UK today. It also helps in the development of discussion, written and debating skills, plus the ability to evaluate information.

Course content

In Year 12:

  • Unit 1: People and Politics (Democracy, Pressure Groups, Political Parties, Elections)
  • Unit 2: Governing the UK (The Constitution, Prime Minister and Cabinet, Parliament, The Judiciary)

In Year 13:

  • Unit 3B: Introducing Political Ideologies
  • Unit 4D: Global Political Issues

Skills gained:

  • Analytical
  • Verbal communication
  • Presentation Skills
  • Logical reasoning
  • Awareness of political issues

Entry requirements

A minimum of a Grade B in GCSE Citizenship and GCSE English Language, in addition to five A* - C grades, including English and Maths.


Exam Board: Edexcel

Future opportunities

Higher Education/Career options:

  • Politics/International Relations
  • History
  • Law
  • Social Policy
  • Government Roles

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 November 2016
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