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Government and Politics A Level at Beths Grammar School

Course description

The Government and Politics course will help you understand the nature of politics by giving you the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and understanding in the context of the politics of the UK, including its local, national and European Union dimensions. You will acquire knowledge and understanding of basic political ideas and develop the ability to interpret and analyse political information presented in various ways, and evaluate arguments, theories, values and ideologies. You will also learn to organise and present a critical argument with relevance, clarity and coherence.

Course content

The aims of the Politics course are to provide you with an awareness of the structures of authority and power in your own and other societies and how different interests are articulated and reconciled. It covers political events and issues, and understanding of the main political viewpoints

Paper 1: UK Politics (Paper code: 9PL0/01)

Written exam. 2 hours. 33⅓ % of the A Level.

Content overview:

1. Political Participation, students will study:

Democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media.

2. Core Political Ideas, students will study:

Conservatism, liberalism, socialism.

Paper 2: UK Government (Paper code: 9PL0/02)

Written exam. 2 hours. 33⅓ % of the qualification.

Content overview:

1. UK Government, students will study:

The constitution, parliament, Prime Minister and executive, relationships between the branches.

2. Optional Political Ideas, students will study:

One idea from the following: anarchism, ecologism, feminism, multiculturalism, nationalism.

Paper 3: Global Politics (Paper code: 9PL0 3B)

Written exam. 2 hours. 33⅓ % of the qualification.

Content overview:

Theories of Global Politics, sovereignty and globalisation, global governance: political and economic, global governance: human rights and environmental, power and developments.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 at GCSE in English or grade 6 in History.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 February 2018
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