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Government and Politics (AS / A Level) at Middlesbrough College

Course description

This course is designed for students with an interest in contemporary politics and political ideas both in the UK and the USA. In AS Politics you will develop a broad understanding of the UK political system and look at how and why people participate in politics, different electoral systems and whether the present system for general elections is fair, why people vote the way they do and the role of pressure groups such as Greenpeace. You will also study the British Constitution and how it protects our rights and the role of Parliament. In A2 Politics you will study American politics looking at such topics as the American electoral system, political parties and the role of pressure groups. You will also study the American Constitution and the respective roles of Congress, the President and the American Supreme Court. Many students study Politics with subjects such as Law, Sociology, English and History

Course content

AS People, Politics and Participation Governing Modern Britain A2 The Politics of the USA The Government of the USA

Entry requirements

Five or more GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Maths. You also need to have achieved a grade B in a non science subject. If you do not have a Grade A to C in English and/or Maths, you will be required to continue studying these subjects as part of your Study Programme.


Two exams at the end of year one and two exams at the end of year two. There is no coursework element to this course.

Future opportunities

The College Careers Service is available to all our students. We can help you when deciding which course or option you wish to take. During your course we ensure you develop employability skills and gain relevant experience. We provide information, advice and support when completing your course and progressing to work or going into higher education. When applying for University we can provide support with the UCAS application and Student Finance. A Level Politics is good preparation for the study of Politics and related subjects at university. An understanding of the political system and the evaluative and analytical skills that you will develop are also useful for other university courses such as Law, Criminology, Sociology and History as well as for those interested in careers in journalism and politics.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 April 2016
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