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Politics AS/A Level at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College

Course description

In Year 1 you will study units 1 and 2 on British Politics. For the AS level and in Year 2 you will take units 3 and 4 on American Politics for the complete A level.

Unit 1: People and Politics
This looks at the key channels of communication between government and the people. Students have to evaluate existing arrangements for ensuring representative democracy and participation such as the types of voting system and pressure groups. You will also look at the different types of democracy and assess the UK’s democracy.

Unit 2: Governing the UK - Assessed by Examination
This unit introduces students to the major governmental processes within the UK including the role of Parliament, the role of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet and the role of judges. You will assess the effectiveness of these in the UK.

Unit 3: Representation Process in the USA
This unit looks at the various representative processes in the USA and you will need to evaluate how adequate this is in terms of popular participation and promoting a full democracy. The topics you will study are: Elections and voting, political parties, racial and ethnic policies and pressure groups.

Unit 4: Governing the USA
This topic examines the institutional framework of the US government and considers the interrelationships between its legislative, executive and judicial process and the health of US federalism. The topics you will study are: the American Constitution, Congress, the Presidency and the Supreme Court.

Course content

Unit 1: People and Politics - Assessed by Examination

This unit looks at the key channels of communication between government and the people. Students have to evaluate existing arrangements for ensuring representative democracy and participation, such as the types of voting system and pressure groups. You will also look at the different types of democracy and assess the UK’s democracy.

Unit 2: Governing the UK – Assessed by Examination

This unit introduces students to the major governmental processes within the UK, including the role of Parliament, the role of the prime minister and the Cabinet and the role of judges. You will assess the effectiveness of these in the UK.

Unit 3: Representative Processes in the USA - Assessed by Examination

This unit looks at the various representative processes in the USA. You will need to evaluate how adequate they are in terms of popular participation and promoting full democracy. The topics you will study include: elections and voting, political parties, racial and ethnic politics and pressure groups.

Unit 4: Governing the USA – Assessed by Examination

This topic examines the institutional framework of the US government and considers the interrelationships between its legislative, executive and judicial processes, and the health of US federalism. The topics you will study include: the US Constitution, Congress, the presidency and the Supreme Court.

Entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at grade C or above, to include English language
  • You need to have an interest in politics and a willingness to follow political events in the media through watching the news and reading newspapers.

 

Future opportunities

This course will provide you with a variety of transferable skills to equip you for a variety of careers. You will develop persuasive reasoning and communication skills as well as becoming a more logical thinker. A high proportion of our students go on to Russell Group universities and there are a wide range of careers available to our students.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2016

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