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Government & Politics A Level at WQE

Course description

Students will study participation in political life especially in British political institutions, the UK Government, three core political ideologies and one contemporary ideology. Students will also study either the US Government and Politics, or Global Politics
 
Component 1: Political Participation
Democracy - Different types of Democracy and how Democracy works in the UK.
Elections - Functions, types, impact and significance of elections.
Political Parties - Structures of political parties and their ideas. Pressure groups - You will examine the structure and aims of many pressure groups, e.g. Greenpeace.
 
Component 2: UK Government
Constitution - The UK’s ‘unwritten’ constitution and issues with reform.
Parliament - The functions and importance of parliament. Is Parliament out of date? Government - The role of the PM and PM leadership style.
Judges - Judicial independence and the impartiality of the law. Rights in the UK and Human Rights Act.
Ideologies – Liberalism, Conservatism, and Socialism.
 
Component 3: Comparative Politics
Either: US Government and Politics or Global Politics

Course content

Students will study participation in political life especially in British political institutions, the UK Government, three core political ideologies and one contemporary ideology. Students will also study either the US Government and Politics, or Global Politics
 
Component 1: Political Participation
Democracy - Different types of Democracy and how Democracy works in the UK.
Elections - Functions, types, impact and significance of elections.
Political Parties - Structures of political parties and their ideas. Pressure groups - You will examine the structure and aims of many pressure groups, e.g. Greenpeace.
 
Component 2: UK Government
Constitution - The UK’s ‘unwritten’ constitution and issues with reform.
Parliament - The functions and importance of parliament. Is Parliament out of date? Government - The role of the PM and PM leadership style.
Judges - Judicial independence and the impartiality of the law. Rights in the UK and Human Rights Act.
Ideologies – Liberalism, Conservatism, and Socialism.
 
Component 3: Comparative Politics
Either: US Government and Politics or Global Politics

Entry requirements

In addition to the standard College entry requirements (see below) this course also requires students to have achieved grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language. An interest in current affairs from watching the news, reading newspapers or political activity would be helpfu

Assessment

Component 1 and Component 2: Each assessed by a 2 hour paper, for each you will need to answer two 30 mark questions, and one 24 mark question.

Component 3: You will need to answer two 12 mark questions and two 30 mark questions.

Future opportunities

A good result will form part of the general entry requirement for the majority of courses at University, but it will be especially relevant to any Public Administration, Law, History or Politics course.

Politics students find that their understanding of the topics studied help them understand the world they live in better and this will be universally respected.

Further information

For further information please visit our website www.wqe.ac.uk or see our prospectus

How to apply

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Last updated date: 14 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Web url: www.wqe.ac.uk

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