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Government & Politics A-Level at Polam Hall School

Course description

Politics appeals to students who are interested in how decisions are made that affect our lives on a daily basis. At AS this includes issues like student top-up fees and student grants. It also involves studying concepts such as citizenship, democracy and participation, together with the institutions and processes involved in government. We address key issues affecting the UK in the present day such as immigration. At A2 we study the American system of government and the key issues affecting it, such as the War on Terror and the civil rights of minorities such as Black Americans and Hispanics.

Politics is a superb complement to History and would interest students considering careers in law, journalism and broadcasting. The skills developed during the course have a widespread application to many areas of study. Politics combines particularly well with languages for those interested in careers in the Foreign Office or Europe and with Business Studies and Economics for those interested in careers in management. It also overlaps well with Geography.

To be successful, students need an interest in current affairs. Reading newspapers and relevant magazines and watching the news and current affairs programmes are an integral part of the course so that up to date examples may be used to illustrate arguments. Students must make judgments which means that Politics is an ideal choice for people who enjoy debating issues in a disciplined way and want to develop the research, communication and analytical skills that are ideal preparation for university study and working life.

As a qualification, Government and Politics is highly regarded by university admissions officers of the Russell Group and both Oxford and Cambridge. In fact, Politics is a key element of the famous PPE degree at Oxford which is taken by many would be politicians and political journalists - Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for Advanced Level study is 6 A* - C grades. Students’ GCSEs must include Mathematics and English at least at Grade C. 4/3 subjects at AS level are usually studied in the first year.

Assessment

Unit 1: The United Kingdom, Its People and Politics

Written examination: 1 hour 20 minutes. Two structured questions from a choice of four.

Unit 2: Governing the UK

Written examination: 1 hour 20 minutes. One stimulus based question from a choice of two and one extended question from a choice of two. 

Unit 3: Representative Processes in the USA

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes. Three short answer questions out of five and one essay question out of three. 

Unit 4: Governing the USA

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes. Three short answer questions from a choice of five and one essay question out of three.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Polam Hall School directly.

Last updated date: 22 April 2015
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