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Government and Politics AS/A Level at Fortismere School

Course description

If you have an interest in how political decisions are reached and who has the power to influence them you will enjoy this course. It provides many opportunities for discussion and debate, and complements the study of many other AS subjects, such as History and Philosophy, extremely well.

Course content

AS Units

Module 1 - People and Politics

Students are introduced 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.

Module 2 - Governing the UK

Students are introduced to the major governmental processes in 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 government,

A2 Units

Module 3 - Key Themes in Political Analysis: Introducing Political Ideologies

An introduction to the subject of political ideology; an examination of the major ideas of liberalism, conservatism and socialism.

Module 5 - Extended Themes in Political Analysis: Other Ideological Traditions

Examines the ideological traditions that have developed out of, or have emerged in opposition to, liberalism, conservatism and socialism (i.e nationalism, anarchism, fascism, and feminism).

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in English Language is required and a B or above in a Humanities subject (History, Sociology, Geography or Religious Studies).


Module 1 - 25% of total A Level

Module 2 - 25% of total A Level

Module 3 - 25% of total A Level

Module 5 - 25% of total A Level


Further information

You will study through a mixture of teacher-led activity, student presentations, debate and workshops. You will work in groups and individually. A number of visits (parliament, Downing Street) and conferences are organised. You will be required to read around the subject extensively and stay up to date with current political events.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 September 2016
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