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Politics *FEES PAYABLE* at Canford School

Course description

We offer a stimulating course in British Government and Politics leading
to the AS. The AS is very much an ‘introductory level’ course, presuming
no previous formal study of the subject, because no GCSE in the subject
exists. That is no disadvantage. However, it is assumed prospective pupils
will have a genuine interest in, or curiosity about, current events. The
course requires pupils to develop a broad knowledge and understanding
of the contemporary political system of the UK, including the local and
European (EU) dimensions. The AS also examines the impact and
desirability of political and constitutional change today with special
reference to the EU. The second part of the syllabus leading to the full
A Level (A2) will lead the pupil through the executive, legislative, judicial,
electoral and political processes in the USA. Pupils can expect to make
full use of media publications including widespread use of the internet,
as the subject is contemporary, fast moving and relevant. Pupils do not have to be politically committed to study Politics, but an engagement in
politics takes the form of objective analysis in order to better understand
what is happening today. Generally, the pupil who will find Government
and Politics an interesting AS and A2 Level will be the one who wants to
make sense of current affairs and enjoys debating controversial issues.

The course also encourages pupils to develop their capacity for critical
thinking, to see relationships between different aspects of government
and politics, and to put their understanding and knowledge into a
broader perspective, including comparison with other political systems.
Pupils will also acquire and develop a working knowledge and
understanding of relevant contemporary political concepts and
processes. They will learn the skills to comprehend, synthesize and
interpret a variety of political information. Pupils will also learn to
communicate arguments and explanations with relevance, clarity and
coherence, making full use of appropriate political vocabulary. There will
be frequent use of IT and reference to the internet.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 May 2015
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Key information

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