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Politics and Government AS A2 at Magdalen College School

Course description

AIMS OF THE COURSE: The course offers the students the chance to thinking, critically, about a range of current political issues and debates. Students will acquire knowledge, understanding and awareness of the issues that apply to the world of today.

Government and Politics will allow the students to utilise a range of skills including communication, research and debating. It also enables students to study: * The UK political system including its local, national, European and global dimensions * The theory and practice of politics in the UK * Different political beliefs and arguments * The changes in the UK political system

Course content


Year 1 Unit 1 People and Politics

(AS) This unit introduces students to the study of politics by looking at the central ideas of citizenship, democracy and participation, and by examining the representative processes in the UK. There is particular focus on Party Policies, Elections and Pressure Groups.

Unit 2 Governing the UK

This unit provides an introduction to the major institutions of UK government, examines their relationships with one another and considers their effectiveness. There is particular focus on the Constitution, Parliament, the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Judges and Civil Liberties.

Year 2 Unit 3(d) Structures of Global Politics

(A2) This unit provides an introduction to global politics by examining key global political structures and systems. These include looking at key concepts such as globalisation, hegemony and supranationalism in combination with a study of International Organisations such as the UN, NATO and the EU.

Unit 4(d) Global Political Issues

This unit examines key issues in recent global politics and how these issues are dealt with at a global level. This unit focuses on four areas: Conflict, War and Terrorism; Poverty and Development; Environmental Issues; Human Rights.

Entry requirements

English C

Future opportunities


Government & Politics opens up a variety of careers including Law, Journalism, Media, Advertising, Sales, Teaching, Administration and Local/National Government

For further information please contact Mr T Hughes

Further information


Government & Politics complements studying History, English Literature, Sociology, Economics, Business Studies, RE and Communication Studies especially well. However, its application to everyday life makes it an excellent AS subject to study in conjunction with any combination of subjects.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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