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Government and Politics at Merchant Taylors' Girls' School

Course description

Learning about Politics helps students to understand the world in which they live. Through a study of newspapers, textbooks and news programmes, the course develops the students’ political awareness. This gives them an insight into current political issues and debates, such as the role of the media, the need for electoral reform and the influence of pressure groups and protest on the government. Pupils need to keep abreast of recent political developments, such as the UK General Election and the Congressional Elections in the USA. This is what makes Politics an ‘up-to-theminute’ A level.

Politics can be combined with many AS subjects. The connection between arts and humanities subjects such as English or Geography is clear - the skills being developed are similar. However, science orientated students also benefit in being able to develop structured and analytical work too. Many of our students go on to study Politics at University, often in combination with subjects such as Economics and History.

Politics AS /A2 is a good preparation for those wishing to pursue a career in Journalism, the Civil Service and Law. One of our ex-pupils has worked in the European Parliament in Brussels, but we have yet to produce our first MP!

Entry requirements

Politics is a new subject at AS level, so no prior study of Politics is needed, although it is expected that pupils will have an interest in current affairs, and will read newspapers, watch TV documentaries etc. in order to broaden their political awareness.

Politics is both an accessible subject as well as being academically challenging and respected by many universities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Merchant Taylors' Girls' School directly.

Last updated date: 04 June 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years