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Government & Politics AS & A Level at The City of Liverpool College

Course description

This is a broad-based introduction to Government and Politics and is likely to appeal to students who are interested in developing a knowledge and understanding of the key features of British and other political systems. A key feature to the course at A2 is a study of ideas that have shaped politics and how those ideas are put into practice.The subject sits well in an A Level programme that includes subjects such as English, History or Sociology.

A-level Government and Politics enables students to develop their critical thinking skills and enhance their ability to interpret, evaluate and comment on the nature of politics.

The specification is broken down into four units. Units 1 and 2 are covered at AS and units 3 and 4 are covered at A2. At AS students will concentrate on People, Politics and Participation (GOVP1) as well as Governing Modern Britain (GOVP2). At A2 students will learn about Ideologies such as Liberalism, Socialism, Conservatism & Fascism (GOVP3); the second unit is investigates how ideologies are applied in the political discourse to issues like the Economy & Environment (GOVP4).

This course is particularly suitable for students who have studied Economics, History, Sociology and English. It may also appeal to students who wish to study Government and Politics or History at a higher level.

Course content

The course units are subject to change, but as of the 2012-13 syllabus our programme is as follows;

AS Units

  • Unit 1 - People, Politics and Participation: Electoral systems, Political Parties, The British Constitution, The Judiciary, Parliamentary Sovereignty,
  • Unit 2 - Governing Modern Britain: Revision/Study Support Resources, The Prime Minister and the Cabinet, Ministerial Responsibility and the Civil Service.

A2 Units

  • Unit 3 - Ideologies in Action
  • Unit 4 - Ideologies in Action: Feminism, Marxism, Conservatism, Liberalism, Socialism, Equal Opportunities, The Economy, Environmentalism and Ecologism, History of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

Entry requirements

  • The most important entry requirement is that you are committed and determined to do well
  • You must achieve a minimum of 2 Grade B's and 3 Grade C's (including English) or equivalent (this equivalency will be discussed at our information evening and then in further detail at interview)
  • All places are conditional on results, subject to interview in June/July and a suitable reference from your school.

Future opportunities

H.E, Journalism, Media, Civil Service, Teaching, Trade Union, Research, Work with Pressure Groups etc.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The City of Liverpool College directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016

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