Have you ever watched the news and wondered how people can understand all this stuff? Maybe you are fascinated already and love to debate political issues. Studying Government and Politics will give you an understanding
of the political system in the UK and the USA. The skills and knowledge that you develop through this course are useful in themselves as they will empower you as citizens and give you a much better understanding of the world in which you live. As a basis for
work or further study this qualification is also extremely valuable and well respected.
Unit 1: People, politics and participation: In this unit you will learn about political parties and electoral systems. At a time when this country is governed
by a coalition government for the first time in decades, and that government is committed to electoral reform, this aspect of the course could not be more relevant to our understanding of politics.
Unit 2: Governing Modern Britain: In this unit you will study the composition and main roles and functions of Parliament. This includes looking at the roles
of the cabinet, committees, Lords and back-benchers in governing Britain. This unit includes a detailed look at the roles and power of the core executive.
Unit 3: The Politics of the USA: In this unit you will gain a broad insight into the American political system. The course includes an introduction to the structure
of the US government system. You will consider their electoral system and the differences between their political parties and those in the UK. In this unit we will also look at the voting behaviour of various sections of US society.
Unit 4: The Government of the USA: This unit introduces you to the structure of the US political system. Power in the USA is divided, by the constitution, between
three branches of government; the president, the legislature (which is the two houses of elected representatives) and the judicial system. You will learn about how these three operate and the issues that are raised.