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Government and Politics at Stantonbury Campus

Course description

The course introduces you to the question of who has power in society, and the notion of politics as a central feature of our lives. Whilst the focus is on Democracy we are interested in exploring the ways in which different societies make decisions. The primary focus of our first year will be the Government and Politics of Britain whilst in year two we study TheUnited States of America. In both years we are concerned with how the respective system works, and the ways in which people and groups can influence the politicians. Throughout there will be an emphasis on understanding contemporary issues, as well as on placing these issues in an historical context. The course will empower you to become a more active, engaged citizen even if that means you reject the system or those with power. You will not only gain AS and A2 qualifications in one of the most enduring academic disciplines, you will develop arange of skills vital to life at work or in higher education. You will learn to read and analyze text, write in various forms at a very high level, access materials using computers, work independently and in teams and to develop the ability to mount and sustain arguments. You'll be so knowledgeable that you will be the envy of your friends! The first and second years are each assessed through two examinations. Unit One and Two can also be taken twice with the best result counting towards your final award. Internally you are assessed through a combination of written work, projects, group tasks, independent tasks and contributions in class. We hope you will engage with the media outlets that cover the key issues of the day. We hope you will share your judgments about the topics we study. You will have the opportunity of a number of trips. Notably in year one we will visit Parliament. There will also be revision and academic conferences and specialist days at our local University in Northampton where we have close links with the Politics and American Studies staff.


Five level two qualifications (e.g. A* - C at GCSE) . At least four of these grades will be from GCSE. Grade C or above in GCSE Humanities adn English is preferable

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stantonbury Campus directly.

Last updated date: 23 June 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years