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Government and Politics A level at Chatham Grammar School for Girls

Course description

This course sets out to develop a critical awareness of the nature of politics and the relationship between ideas, institutions and policies. Students will acquire an understanding of the workings of the UK system, the influence of Europe and the rights and responsibilities of individuals. Independent research is encouraged and essay writing and presentational skills developed. Examinations are modular and students can go on to study or work in Politics, Law, International Relations, History and the Media.

Course content

What is politics?  Electoral reform.  Pressure groups.  The major institutions of UK government.  Constitutional reform.  Democracy and political participation.  Electoral systems and the last two elections.

Ideologies ranging from the mainstream liberalism, conservatism and socialism, to the more marginal anarchism and feminism. 

•      Independent research and data interpretation

•      Critical analysis

•      Ability to formulate and defend an argument.

•      Development of communication skills both oral and written

•      Increased awareness of current affairs

•      Essay writing skills 

Entry requirements

All students must obtain five C grade passes at GCSE (a GNVQ qualification will also be considered).  In addition we expect students to have achieved a B grade in a related subject such as History or English Literature. 

However, most important is a willingness to read newspapers and watch relevant programmes in the media and be concerned about contemporary issues that affect our society today. 

Assessment

Unit 1         People and Politics

This unit introduces students to the key channels of communication between government and the people.  It encourages them to evaluate the adequacy of existing arrangements for ensuring representative democracy and participation.

Unit 2       Governing the UK

This unit introduces students to the major governmental processes within the UK.  It encourages them to develop a critical understanding of the role and effectiveness of key institutions, and of the relationship amongst them in the context of multi-level governance. 

Unit 3         Introducing Political Ideologies

This topic introduces students to the subject of political ideology and examines the major ideas of liberalism, conservatism, socialism and anarchism. 

Unit 4         Other Ideological Traditions

This topic examines the ideological traditions that have developed out of, or emerged in opposition to, liberalism, conservatism and socialism.  These include: nationalism, feminism, ecologism and multiculturalism.

Each module is worth 25% of the total A Level marks. 

Examination is by modular exams.  The format includes short questions, stimulus questions, and structured essay. 

Future opportunities

Career Routes:            Law, Journalism, Media, Civil Service, Local Government, International Relations, Business, Researchers e.g. for MP’s – MEP’s – Politics – European Union.

University Courses: Politics, Law, Media, Business, European Studies, Public Administration, International Relations, History.

Other Benefits:          Well informed voters and citizens.  Acquisition of marketable and transferable skills. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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