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Government & Politics A Level at Franklin College

Course description

Year 1 You will study two modules to develop your understanding of British Government and the current political landscape: People, politics and participation - forms of political participation, voting behaviour, the types of electoral systems used in the UK, the history, ideology and organisation of the main political parties and the impact of pressure groups and protest movements on policymaking and public opinion. Governing Britain - the nature and sources of the British Constitution, the roles, functions and powers of Parliament, the changing powers of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the impact that devolution has had upon parliamentary sovereignty. Year 2 You will continue to build upon the skills and knowledge you developed at AS by studying a further two modules: The Government of the USA - the constitutional framework within which the US Government operates; the roles, powers and functions of Congress, the scope and limits of presidential power and the role of the judiciary and the extent to which judges have become politicised. The Politics of the USA -  the US electoral process and direct democracy, political parties, pressure groups and voting behaviour.

Entry requirements

Five GCSE grades A*-C to include English Language. The most important qualities required for the course are an inquiring mind, an enjoyment of reading and a genuine interest in current affairs.


100% Examination

Future opportunities

A Level Government and Politics provides a good basis for degrees in law, history, philosophy, European studies, social sciences, international relations, as well as politics. Politics affects all aspects of our lives and therefore, students who have studied this course progress successfully on to a range of careers including media, law, business, journalism, teaching and the civil service.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 August 2016

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