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A Level Politics at Bournemouth School for Girls

Course description

You are keen, mature, aware, inquisitive, with an interest in current affairs and are ambitious to enter Law, Management (Public Relations), Journalism, the Civil Service, Industry, Nursing, the Public Services, University or Parliament! We have just the course for you.
Have you ever wondered about the answers to the following questions?
- We say we are a democracy – but is it really true?
- Are our liberties properly protected?
- Why didn't Labour win the last election?
- Why have Greenpeace been a successful pressure group?
- Should people and animals have the same rights?
The answer to these and many questions will be revealed!

Course content

AS Level

UNIT 1 - F851 Description of Subject Content

Contemporary Politics of the UK.
Political parties, pressure groups, elections, electoral systems, voting behaviour.

UNIT 2 - F582 Description of Subject Content

contemporary Government of the UK
Prime Minister and Cabinet, Parliament, the Judiciary, Civil
Service and the Constitution.

A Level

UNIT 3 - F854 Description of Subject Content

Political Ideas and Concepts

Democratic Theory, Rights, Power and Authority,
Ideologies, the Role of the State.

UNIT 4 - F856 Description of Subject Content

Political Ideas and Concepts in Practice.
In depth study of political ideas and concepts such as Democracy, Power, Authority, Rights in practice and their impact.

Entry requirements

As Politics is a social science, it can be studied equally well by girls who are taking Arts or Science based A levels. It is certainly not necessary to have studied GCSE History in order to handle the course.


Although Politics is not studied lower down the school, it is as equally acceptable to universities and colleges as any other A level you might consider taking. Whether your motivation is academic, career-orientated or pure curiosity, the main requirement is to have an interest in the subject. You do not need a great deal of knowledge of political affairs in order to start the course but you do need to have some interest in current affairs, debates, or controversies, so candidates will be expected to acquaint themselves with quality newspapers, periodicals, journals and current affairs programmes on both T.V. and radio.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 April 2015
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