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Politics (Edexcel) at Stanford & Corringham Sixth Form Centre

Course description

We don’t always like politicians and the things that governments do, but the business of politics touches every aspect of our lives. Society as we know it just wouldn’t function without an elected body to decide how taxes are spent on things like health, education and defence. But no matter whether government makes you feel angry or reassured it’s worth having a clear knowledge and understanding of how the whole process of an elected government works.

The study of Government and Politics will enable you to develop an interest, passion and most importantly a clear and concise understanding of the way in which governments function and operate in the modern world.

PLEASE NOTE: This course could run over the 3 schools. Details of where this course will run in September will be available at a later date.

Course content

AS

Component 1: UK Politics (*Component code: 8PL0/01)

Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes; 50% of the qualification; 60 marks

Content overview

  • Students will study:
    • democracy and participation
    • political parties
    • electoral systems
    • voting behaviour and the media

Component 2: UK Government (*Component code: 8PL0/02)

Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes; 50% of the qualification; 60 marks

Content overview

  • Students will study:
    • the constitution
    • parliament
    • Prime Minister and executive
    • relationships between the branches

A2

Component 1: UK Politics (*Component code: 9PL0/01)

Written examination: 2 hours; 33⅓% of the qualification; 84 marks

Content overview

1. Political Participation, students will study:

  • democracy and participation,
  • political parties,
  • electoral systems,
  • voting behaviour and the media.

2. Core Political Ideas, students will study:

    • conservatism, liberalism, socialism.

Component 2: UK Government (*Component code: 9PL0/02)

Written examination: 2 hours; 33⅓% of the qualification; 84 marks

Content overview

1. UK Government, students will study:

    • the constitution,
    • parliament,
    • Prime Minister and executive,
    • relationships between the branches.

2. Non-core political ideas, students will study:

  • one idea from the following: anarchism, ecologism, feminism, multiculturalism, nationalism.

Component 3: Comparative Politics (*Component code: 9PL0/3A)

Written examination: 2 hours; 33⅓% of the qualification; 84 marks

Content overview

For USA (3A), students will study:

  • the US Constitution and federalism,
  • US Congress,
  • US presidency,
  • US Supreme Court and civil rights,
  • democracy and participation,
  • comparative theories.

Entry requirements

English Language and Literature grade 6 and above (History grade 6 for those that studied History at GCSE)

Financial information

£30.00 deposit to cover all text books to be paid on enrolment day. This will be refunded at the end of your course once your books have been returned to the subject teacher.

£5.00 non-refundable payment for an Access Key Fob to access Gable Hall School, Sixth Form and St Clere's School.

Future opportunities

The wide range of skills developed through the study of Government and Politics, particularly research and analytical skills means that it is a popular subject for higher education and complements many other subjects such as:

• History

• The Arts

• Social Sciences

The career options linked to Government and Politics are wide ranging including:

• Local or national government

• Law

• Teaching

• Journalism

• Media

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: 17 October 2017
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