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Politics A Level at Thurston Community College

Course description

Unit 1 British Politics and Government:
In this unit students will examine voting behaviour, how elections work and the role of political parties and pressure groups in a democracy. Students will also consider the nature and workings of Britain’s constitution, the roles of Parliament, the Prime Minister and Cabinet, local government and the European Union.

Unit 2 Ideologies:
This involves the study of political ideologies, Liberalism, Socialism and Conservatism and one option from Feminism, Multiculturalism, Nationalism, Environmentalism and Fascism. (This unit is yet to be finalised by all exam boards)

Unit 3 Comparative Government: Promoting good health:
This unit is also still under review from QCA but is looking like a choice between ‘ American Comparative Government’ OR ‘Comparative World Government’

Entry requirements

Entry GCSE: B in History or 5 in English Language or Maths


All 3 units will be externally examined in June – the weightings of the papers is yet to be decided by the Department of Education.

Future opportunities

A variety of degree courses and many careers. Skills of analysis and argument and excellent communication skills are highly valued by universities and employers. Careers include law, civil service, commerce, journalism, management and teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thurston Community College directly.

Last updated date: 29 March 2017
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