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Government and Politics - AS and A2 at Lordswood Sixth Form Centre

Course description

AS and A2 Government and Politics

Course content

This course requires the study of British and Global politics.

Unit 1: People and Politics

Unit 2: Governing the UK

Unit 3: Structures of Global Politics

Unit 4: Global Political Issues

Entry requirements

C grade or above in GCSE history or GCSE humanities. C grade or above in English.

Assessment

Four examinations (25% each)

Future opportunities

Students with an A level in politics have progressed to degree programmes in areas such as politics (domestic and foreign), law, international relations, history, journalism, archaeology, American studies, and education. As a ‘facilitating’ A level history will be given high consideration when applying for any university course so long as students meet the course core requirements. For example, some politics students are now studying pharmacy and medicine.

Further information

What skills do I need to develop to be successful on this course?

Over the course of your study students will:

• Develop a critical awareness of the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes

• Acquire knowledge and understanding of the structures of authority and power within the political system of the UK and USA, and how these may differ from those of other political systems

• Acquire knowledge and informed understanding of the rights and responsibilities of the individual and encourage an interest in, and engagement with, contemporary politics.

By the end of the A level students will be able to analyse and evaluate political institutions, processes and behaviour, political arguments and explanations and have a deeper understanding of the relationship between institutions, processes, ideologies, concepts, behaviour and values.

What other subjects compliment A Level Government and Politics?

Politics students often study other subjects which required a similar skills base such as history, English literature, R.E., psychology, music, modern foreign languages, sociology, and geography. Science students often choose politics as evidence of their ability in a humanities based subject.

How will I be taught?

Students will be taught in a department of committed staff who have many years experience in leading students to A level success in politics. They can expect well-structured lessons in which previous understanding is evaluated through quizzes, games and timed essays. Students will work individually and in groups, sometimes completing reading and analysis tasks and at other times preparing class presentations, podcasts, or videos. Students can expect plenty of discussion and debate. Most note taking and research will be completed for homework to allow for time in lessons to explore difficult concepts or to consolidate understanding. The department encourages students to take advantage of extra-curricular opportunities in politics - entering competitions or applying for to be a member of the UK Youth Parliament. In recent years sixth form politics students have visited Parliament and engaged in discussion with MPs and peers.

What extra-curricular opportunities are there?

• Visit to London (including Parliament and Imperial War Museum)

• Visit to RAF Cosford’s Cold War Museum

• Lessons From Auschwitz program, selected visit Auschwitz and lead on Holocaust Memorial Day activities within school

• National Bar Mock Trial Competition

• UK and US Election Breakfast

• Lecture and visit from Assistant Professor at Oxford University

• University of Birmingham master classes

• Previous students have been elected to the UK Youth Parliament

• Politics and Citizenship Mentor program to help KS3 and KS4 students excel in their study of citizenship allowing you to

• develop mentoring and coaching skills which can be very useful if considering any form of teaching career in the future

Student Testimonial, why study A Level Government and Politics?

I would really recommend politics as an A level to anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of current affairs and how and why our government functions the way it does. It valued highly by universities and it can lead to a whole range of career options. You need to be a student who enjoys debating issues and considering issues from different points of view. I particularly like discussing controversial issues and exploring the range of opinions. I have become an expert in lots of different areas of politics, from how the government works to controversial social issues and it makes me feel more intelligent and informed outside of school. If you take an interest in current affairs, then researching contemporary examples of the topics covered in lessons comes naturally! My writing style has also really improved due to politics and I have learnt how to develop my arguments with more sophistication and a much better vocabulary. Emily Shaw

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lordswood Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 22 November 2015
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