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Government and Politics A Level at Aquinas College

Course description

Politics is the most dynamic subject you can study, it changes every day. Studying the course you will answer questions such as: what is power; why do people vote the way they do; do we have a ‘participation crisis’ in the UK; why are some Prime Ministers more powerful than others and to what extent the UK is a good example of a liberal democracy?

Course content

Paper 1 UK politics

  • UK Democracy and Participation: is the UK a good example
    of a liberal democracy? Is there a ‘participation crisis’ in the UK?
    UK Voting Behaviour: why do people vote for the party or candidate they do? Why do some people not vote?
    Political Parties: understanding the history and policies of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties
    UK Pressure Groups: how do groups like Greenpeace and the CBI influence the political system?
    UK Core Executive: a look at the inner workings of the UK government including the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
    Parliament: a study of the UK’s legislative branch. Is it effective in carrying out its key functions?

Paper 2 – US and comparative politics

  • U.S. Constitution: analysing the US’s codified constitution and federal system of government.
    US Political Parties: an evaluation of the Republican
    & Democrat parties.
    U.S. Congress: a study of the House of Representatives
    and the Senate
    U.S. Presidency: evaluating presidents from George
    Washington to Donald Trump

Paper 3 – Political ideas

  • Liberalism: studying core liberal concepts such as freedom
    and justice.
    Conservatism: studying core conservative principles such
    as hierarchy and property
    Socialism: studying core socialists concepts such as
    collectivism and equality
    Nationalism: studying core nationalist principles such as sovereignty and the state

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in both GCSE English Language and Maths + 4 grade Cs in other subjects (which could include English Literature grade 4) 

Future opportunities

We have students go to study politics and politics related subjects at universities around the subject. Apart from straight politics courses, many choose to take it with Law, History, Philosophy or Economics. Other students study Parliamentary Studies, Journalism, American Studies or International Relations. Careers in the Civil Service are common.

Further information

We have many guest speakers, including MPs, Lords, Civil Servants and local politicians. We enter students for Model UN and debating competitions (We are NW Champions!). We also have a trip to Parliament and there is a provisional trip to Washington DC planned for 2018.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 September 2017
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