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Government and Politics at Wickersley School and Sports College

Course description

This subject will be offered in Option Block B

Politics exists because people disagree. They disagree about how they should live, about who should get what and about who should make decisions. This is a highly relevant course which deals with issues which affect everyone. It can help you to play a more active role as a citizen, to question some of the things that governments do, and to try and bring about change. You will learn about current Uk political issues and the way that Parliament works.

Course content

Year 1
You will study how Parliament works, what the Constitution is, how laws are made and what each political party in the UK stands for. You will also consider how different groups and individuals exert pressure on the government and influence political decisions looking at pressure groups . Last year we organised a very successful trip to London where we had a tour of the Houses of Parliament, question time with local MPs and a trip to the Bank of England and the Treasury
Year 2
You will study political ideologies including Conservatism, Socialism, Liberalism and Feminism.  You will also study American Politics and compare it to the UK system


Entry requirements

The minimum qualification for entry into the Sixth Form is 5 4 grades including Maths and English, although there are specific entry requirements for some of our option subjects.

A student’s suitability for their chosen subjects will also be taken into account, even if they meet the 5 4 grades threshold.

Applicants will need to have a proven record of good or excellent effort and attendance in Year 11 in order to qualify for a place, verified by a suitable reference.


3 exams at the end of the 2 years

Future opportunities

Government and Politics A level is accepted on a wide range of degree courses. It develops skills of enquiry and analysis as well as the ability to debate an issue and construct a balanced argument. These skills provide an excellent foundation for degree level study across a variety of subjects. Politics blends in well with most other subjects, particularly the other Social Science and Humanities subjects. The skills of debate and reasoning developed in Politics link well with many other A level subjects such as History and Economics. Politics is an academic subject, widely valued by universities and employers.
If you are interested in a career in Law or Journalism this is an excellent subject to study.

Further information

Please consult our Option Blocks before making your selection.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 09 October 2018
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