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Goverment and Politics A Level at South Craven School, the Technology and Engineering College

Course description

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.


100% examination (2 exams at the end of Year 12 and 2 at the end of Year 13)

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as history or communication. Government and Politics is a highly regarded subject both by universities and employers because it develops well informed and critical thinking young people.
At higher education level Government and Politics is seen as a good foundation for many areas of study. Students may go on to study American Studies, Economics, Journalism or a wide range of combined degrees such as politics and philosophy or politics and history. It provides a good preparation for careers in journalism, civil service and law.
You could, of course, go straight into a job, as the Government and Politics GCE is a well recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Craven School, the Technology and Engineering College directly.

Last updated date: 03 July 2015

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