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Government and Politics at St Aidan's and St John Fisher's Associated Sixth Form

Course description

The AS course involves the study of Politics today in the UK: how the UK is governed and what powers politicians have over our lives. We focus on how citizens respond to Politics, either through involvement in Political Parties or Pressure Groups, by voting or even being alienated from society. There is some comparative work with the USA system of Government and the impact the EU has had on the UK.

This is an invaluable course for improving your ability to analyse, argue and make judgements. In the 21st century employers and Higher Education institutes are looking to attract people with thinking and communication skills: Government and Politics enables you to broaden these skills.

AS Units:

Unit 1: People and Politics
Unit 2: Governing the UK

A2 Units:

Unit 3: Key UK Political Issues: Economy, Welfare State, Law and Order and Environmental Policy.
Unit 4: Key EU and European Issues

Entry requirements

The majority of students come to this subject with no previous academic experience of studying Politics. It is preferable for students to have a Grade B or above in either English or History.

We stress the importance of students following current affairs as they develop during the one or two years of study. Enthusiasm is as important as previous study and those students who engage fully with the news find the course most rewarding.

5 GCSEs A*-C Grade

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Aidan's and St John Fisher's Associated Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years