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Government and Politics A Level at Oasis Academy Brightstowe

Course description

Politics is about the decisions taken on our behalf, how we can influence them and how they affect our lives. This ranges from the decisions of our local council to Parliament’s decisions on issues such as: action in Afghanistan or Syria; debt relief for the poorest countries; the UK’s relationship with the EU; or policies for dealing with the recent economic crisis. All these decisions and how they are made is in some way or other about power – who has power and who does not and how to ensure that power is exercised in line with our wishes. Politics will help you make sense of the forces that shape our society and to form your own views on a wide range current issues and debates.

Course content

In UK politics you will start by considering key political concepts, including the idea of democracy and the ways in which “the people” are able to participate in the politics of democratic society. The course will help you develop a critical understanding of how politics, government and political institutions in the UK operate. For example, you will consider what Parliament, the Cabinet or the Prime Minister do and whether you are satisfied with their role, actions and decisions. Or you will debate if the principles of our constitution are any good or if they need to be changed.

In global politics you will analyse the structures of and main current issues in global politics. This part of the course deals with some of the most pressing issues and debates of our time, including: global conflict and war; inequality and poverty; human rights and humanitarian intervention; or the role and power of global political and economic institutions such as the UN, IMF and World Bank.

Entry requirements

NBP16C level 3 entry requirement, including a B in English.

Assessment

Discussions and debates are crucial to politics and make for a lively learning experience. We also use teacher–led activities, group work, presentations, roleplay and game simulations. You will use newspapers, TV programmes and digital resources to research current political events and trends. Guest speakers and visits to organisations such as the UK or EU Parliament will give you a first-hand experience of the subject in action. Formal assessment is based largely on essaystyle questions.

Future opportunities

Studying the subject will help you gain a much deeper understanding of the current issues and trends that shape the society we live in, how it works and how it could work. The qualification demonstrates your analytical, problem-solving and evaluative skills and is highly regarded by universities and employers. It provides a particularly good basis for entering degree courses in politics, economics, history/ humanities, social science, business and related subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oasis Academy Brightstowe directly.

Last updated date: 10 July 2015

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