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Government and Politics A level at Davenant Foundation School

Course description

What will you learn in Year 12?

You will study how politics should work in the UK and what actually happens in practice. You will also scrutinise the relationship between government and people as well as major political institutions in the UK.

Underpinning all study of politics will be in-depth reviews of current news stories in order to assess advantages and disadvantages in our political system. There is no coursework in Government and Politics and all modules are equally weighted.

What will you learn in Year 13?

In Year 13, you will study the American Political system. You will look at the representative processes of the US political system in order to assess the advantages and disadvantages of these processes. You will also examine the institutional framework of US government and consider the interrelationships between Congress, President and Supreme Court and the health of US federalism. Finally you will compare and contrast the political systems in the UK and USA.As in Year 12, in-depth reviews of r ecent, relevant news stories will support all ar eas of study.

Course content

Which modules will you take?

Component 1: UK Politics (democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media, conservatism, liberalism, socialism).

Component 2: UK Government (the constitution, parliament, Prime Minister, executive, relationships between the branches and one idea from the following: anarchism, ecologism, feminism, multiculturalism, nationalism).

Component 3: Comparative Politics (the US Constitution and federalism, US Congress, US presidency, US Supreme Court and civil rights, democracy and participation, comparative theories.)

Entry requirements

5 GCSE’s including Mathematics at A*-C (or 4-9), two Grades 6 or higher in English, 6 or higher in a Humanities subject (History, Geography RE).

Further information

Government and Politics is an academic A Level, widely respected by employers and universities. The course gives students an understanding of the contemporary world and so is relevant to careers in journalism, law, economics, international relations, the Civil Service or local or European government.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 December 2017

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