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Government & Politics - A Level at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College

Course description

Main course features: 
 
Six units:
• Democracy
• Political Parties
• Pressure Groups
• Parliament
• Prime Minister and Cabinet
• Judiciary
 
 

 

Course content

Main course features: 
 
Six units:
• Democracy
• Political Parties
• Pressure Groups
• Parliament
• Prime Minister and Cabinet
• Judiciary

 

Entry requirements

This course will help you understand the political systems of the United Kingdom.
You will explore the strengths of the UK’s democracy and form opinions on the
policies of the major parties. It will highlight the role played by Pressure Groups, both
negatively and positively, in society. From Unit Two, you will see how Politics functions
in the UK. You will understand how parliament operates and evaluate the distribution
of power in the UK. You will form an opinion on whether you think the UK’s Prime
Minister is weak or strong. The final section of the course will examine the role of
the Judiciary in the UK. You will examine human rights and see how it impacts on UK
politics. You will form an opinion on whether you think human rights, in their current
form, are worthwhile and whether judges work in the interests of democracy or not.

Assessment

Two exams:
 
50% AS: Unit One – Answer two sections from four. This assessment
contains two short five-mark definition questions, two medium length explanation
questions and two essay questions.
 
50% AS: Unit Two – Section one contains one source and requires a definition and
explanation of a political concept with reference to the written source. Students
must also complete an essay. Section two is an extended essay worth forty marks.
There is no coursework assessment.

Future opportunities

Study at university:
• Government & Politics
• History
• Law
• International Relations
 
Work:
• Charities
• Pressure Groups
• Think Tanks

 

Further information

Contact Name: George Stylianou Curriculum Leader - Humanities
Contact Email: gstylianou@jcc.ac.uk

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 03 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: GPAS-DJH119
  • Web url: http://www.jcc.ac.uk

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      The Chamberlain Health & Fitness Centre comprises a gym with state-of-the-art cardiovascular, resistance and cable equipment. The Sports Hall is able to host a wide range of sports and we provide sporting activities that cater for students with all levels of abilities and sporting performance.
       
      The Recording Studio is a fantastic music facility which utilises the latest digital technology. They have been designed to give students the opportunity to create industry standard work.
       
      Music Practice Rooms are fantastic facilities for bands and ensembles to practice, as well as being an environment for solo practice.
       
      The Main Hall is a fully-equipped professional performance space capable of holding audiences in excess of 200. It has become the venue for a variety of exciting performances and events. 
       
      The Film Studio has high specification facilities for film studio for video and sound recording as well as a chromakeycurtain/green screen for superimposing video work onto any background.
       
      The Learning Resources Suite with both book and online resources, supervised support and guidance. Stock is selected to not only underpin the curriculum but to encourage leisure interests and reading for pleasure. The Learning Resources Suite provides not only the library but adjacent facilities for drop-in computer use and a separate group study area. In addition, a wide range of information about careers and higher education, in both electronic and paper form, is available.
       
      The Science Department contains eight state-of-the-art laboratories catering for all the science curricula delivered in the College.
       
      We have extensive network of, wired and wireless, computers have high speed internet connections giving you unlimited access to the World Wide Web. Creative departments such as Art, Design & Media are fully furnished with state of the art iMacs. Alongside these students will have access to MacBook’s for independent work. The iMacs and MacBook’s are equipped with professional software allowing high quality production of video, graphics and photography work. Art & Design facilities also include specialist pottery equipment and photographic dark rooms.
       
      Research 
      Success in your courses depends on many things, not least the research facilities available to you. Our high level resources, specifically designed to support the sixth form College curriculum, will give you the best chance of success.
      However, we realise that the vast amount of information available can make searching difficult so our teachers build the best internet resources into courses, giving you the most appropriate links for your particular syllabus. And of course, books. The library has thousands of copies available for loan with additional copies for reference.
       
      New building opening September 2015
      We are opening a new state of the art extension to the main College building in September 2015. This will comprise of high tech science laboratories, classrooms and communal break out spaces for students.