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Government and Politics A Level at The Knights Templar School

Course description

Government and Politics is an exciting subject, giving students the opportunity to learn about and analyse how people influence and gain power. To enhance their understanding, students will be offered a range of extra-curricular opportunities, including potential visits to political institutions, political parties and pressure groups and talks from external speakers.

This subject is being offered for the first time at The Knights Templar School from September 2015.

We are all affected by politics. Thousands of decisions made by voters and politicians have determined issues from the cost of a bus ticket, to whether our school can be rebuilt, to the cost of university tuition fees. It is therefore essential that we not only engage in our politics, but understand how we can do so effectively.

Politics is an exciting subject. Recent events, such as the Scottish independence referendum, show how fast political priorities can change. If you have an interest in current affairs and an interest in debating contemporary issues, then A-Level Government and Politics is the right choice for you.

Students who study A-Level Government and Politics will be offered a range of extracurricular opportunities, which may include:

  • Debating and participation in debating competitions
  • External speakers, including elected politicians
  • Visiting the Houses of Parliament, UK Supreme Court and political party and pressure group offices
  • A visit to Washington DC

With an A-Level in Government and Politics you could move on to study political science or international relations at university, or alternatively study degrees in related subjects such as Economics, History, Law or Modern Foreign Languages. This course is particularly commendable to students hoping to work for campaigning organisations and charities, or in the civil service, journalism, law, local government or politics itself.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths, for a full level 3 programme. Students will require a grade B or above in GCSE English Language to be accepted on this course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Knights Templar School directly.

Last updated date: 20 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years