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GOVERNMENT & POLITICS AS/A LEVEL at Beacon Academy (Beacon Community College)

Course description

Government and Politics will appeal to those students who like doing a subject that affects their everyday lives, and enjoy debating current affairs and politics generally. Through the course students will learn how to develop a critical awareness of the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes. Students will develop an understanding of the main political viewpoints and the skills required to argue a case with relevance and coherence

Course content

Subject Content & Assessment

           

AS:

Unit 1: People and Politics

This unit considers the nature of democracy, the role of political parties, the workings of the electoral system and the influence of pressure groups

Weighting: AS Level 50%

Weighting:   A Level 25%

Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

                                                                    

Unit 2: Governing the UK

This unit considers the nature of the UK constitution, Parliament, the role of the Prime Minister and the judiciary

Weighting: AS Level 50%

Weighting:   A Level 25%

Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

 

A2: 

Unit 3: Representative Processes in the USA

Weighting: A Level 25%

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

 

Unit 4: Governing the USA

Weighting: A level 25%

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Entry requirements

This course is open to all students considering Advanced Level courses. You do not need to have studied Government & Politics at GCSE. Good literacy skills are required to enable you to read widely and express your ideas clearly. Grade B or above in English Language and English Literature is required as a prerequisite.

Assessment

Learning Methods

 

A variety of learning methods will be used, with a great deal of emphasis on debating current affairs. Students will also need to develop the habit of reading quality newspapers. There will be a trip to Westminster, a politics conference in London, the opportunity to question the local MP and the option of visiting Washington DC in February half-term.

Financial information

Students will also need to develop the habit of reading quality newspapers. There will be a trip to Westminster, a politics conference in London, the opportunity to question the local MP and the option of visiting Washington DC in February half-term.

Future opportunities

Students with AS or A level Government and Politics have access to a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities. You will learn and use a variety of transferable skills throughout the course, all of which are in great demand from employers and universities. Government and Politics combines well with a range of Social Science and Humanities courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beacon Academy (Beacon Community College) directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: Po

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