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Government and Politics A Level at Cirencester College

Course description

This course is for those interested in current affairs, ideas, and how the country is run. Government and Politics explores the British political system, and looks at how countries work with one another to gain influence and shape the world we live in.

Course content

There are two modules which make up the first year of the course:

  • Unit One: People and Politics
  • Unit Two: Governing the UK

Unit one explores the nature of our democracy, how we choose who governs us, and how the system works. Unit two focuses on parliament, government and the judiciary within the context of the UK Constitution – their effectiveness and their relationship with one another. We will examine the beliefs and values that underpin the UK constitution and inform various political ideologies, especially liberalism, conservatism and socialism. We will also consider the role of pressure groups and pluralism in political decision making. Should we change our electoral system? Have we given up too much power to the EU? Should the Prime Minister be less powerful? Does parliament do a good job? What, if anything, is the future of the House of Lords? These are some of the questions students will ask, and perhaps even answer! There is emphasis in this course on debate and argument; students need to be able to appreciate and explain issues from widely different points of view. A knowledge of current political topics and debates is essential.

Assessment

Assessment is through the an examination at the end of the course.

Future opportunities

Politics A Level leads onto similar courses at University including:

  • Political Science
  • Social Policy
  • International Relations
  • Sociology
  • History

Though the possibilities are numerous.

Politics can also be complemented by foreign languages and Economics as well as other degree subjects in a Joint Honours program. Degrees in this subject domain lead into varied areas of employment:

  • charity organisations focussed on international development
  • banking
  • law
  • the civil service
  • ministry of defence
  • journalism

…are just some examples.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 January 2017
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