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Government and Politics A Level at Calderstones School

Course description

In A-Level Government and Politics, you will learn about the political systems in the UK and USA, what powers are held by different bodies, organisations and individuals, and how people have a say in the government. Key topics you will cover at AS include the ways that the government and the people communicate and evaluating how adequate our system of representative democracy and participation is; the role of the Prime Minister and how much power he holds as an individual; and developing a critical understanding of the role and effectiveness of key institutions in the UK. At A2, you will cover the American system, including the electoral system, the party system and the relationship between the Democrats and Republicans; the Constitution and analysing its effectiveness; and evaluating the role of the President and the capacity of recent Presidents to provide leadership. Studying Politics will help you understand how the political systems in the UK and USA work at local and national levels. By the end of the course you will have a strong understanding of the decision making process in both countries, and will be able to critically evaluate their effectiveness and how this impacts on current affairs.

Entry requirements

Grade C in History OR a grade C in English if you haven’t studied History at GCSE

Future opportunities

Politics affects every aspect of your day to day lives. One of the main strengths of studying Government and Politics is that it will give you the knowledge and transferable skills to evaluate and understand some of the most important forces shaping the future of us all. You will develop an in-depth understanding of the world in which we live and be able to critically evaluate the policies and opinions of today’s key players in politics. Government & Politics is well thought of by universities and a Politics A-level can lead to degrees in Politics or International Relations, as well as combined courses e.g. with History, English, Law or a language. There are lots of options open to graduates, including journalism, law, the civil service, local government, business management and political research.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 November 2016

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