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AS and A2 Level Government and Politics at William Farr CofE Comprehensive School

Course description

The study of Politics will help you to understand how decisions are made and who holds power within our society. Government and Politics is an interesting area of study in its own right, involving the analysis of ideas and the motives of individuals. However, it is also a subject of practical value. It will help you, as a citizen, to participate in the political process. Some of the people who wield power may prefer you to remain ignorant, but if you want to play your part in a healthy democracy, you need to get involved and to be effective you need knowledge.

The content of the course will focus on the politics of Britain, including political parties, pressure groups, protest movements, the media and the government system. To get the most out of the course you will need to follow current events through the newspapers, radio and television. You will be encouraged to express your own ideas and a wide variety of opinions will be welcomed. The course will help you to become more confident and articulate when arguing your case, both in writing and discussion.

Advanced level Government and Politics helps to develop important transferable skills such as informed discussion, delivery of presentations, written communication, critical appreciation of arguments, analysis of ideas, interpretation of evidence and teamwork. It serves as a valuable preparation for a wide range of careers in areas such as journalism, broadcasting, local government, business management, public relations, publishing, voluntary organisations, law, the European Union, the civil service, political parties and education. Many students choose to continue with political or related studies in higher education.

Aristotle: “Politics is the master science”.

Karl Marx: “The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it”.

Harold Lasswell: “Politics: Who gets What, When, How?”

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B in a related subject.

Future opportunities

Former students have gone on to study at universities throughout the country

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact William Farr CofE Comprehensive School directly.

Last updated date: 14 July 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years