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Government and Politics GCE A Level

Greenhead College

Greenhead Road, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 4ES

GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Level 3
Social Sciences

Course Summary

Politics is a challenging and rewarding subject for anybody interested in how decisions are made which affect all aspects of our lives. Politics looks at who makes decisions about how the country is run and what influences their choices. Should parliament or the Prime Minister have more power? How influential is the media? What do we mean by democracy?

It is a highly topical subject which considers many of the issues in the news now, such as Brexit; how to deal with climate change; and the changing relationships between the most powerful countries in the world such as the US and China.

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Course Details

The course consists of three units, each assessed by a two hour exam. Subjects covered include the nature of the UK political system; the ways in which people get involved in politics in the UK; key political ideas and ideologies; and global politics.

Course Structure

Component 1: UK Politics

Political Participation, including the nature of democracy in the UK, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the role of the media in politics.

Core Political Ideas, specifically liberalism, conservatism and socialism.

Component 2: UK Government

UK Government, including the UK constitution, parliament, Prime Minister and the cabinet and relationships between different parts of the political system.

Optional Political Ideas, meaning one of anarchism, feminism, nationalism, environmentalism or multiculturalism.

Component 3: Comparative Politics

Global Politics, which includes theories of global politics; global and regional institutions such as the United Nations, the EU and the World Bank; human rights, humanitarian intervention and environmental issues; globalisation; and the changing relations between the major world powers.

How will it be delivered?

This course is linear and will be examined at the end of the two year course.

Entry requirements

The College gives priority to its 11 partner schools. Places are offered to other applicants on a competitive basis.

All prospective students must achieve a minimum of grade 4 or higher in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics, and a minimum of grade 6 in three GCSE subjects.

Your next steps...

A Level Politics offers you insights into the ways in which the British political system works, wider philosophical ideas about politics and society and developments in global politics. It will also help you to develop an enquiring and critical mind, enabling you to evaluate the world around you. You will be able to weigh up arguments and assess evidence and examine issues from a variety of different views. Politics students commonly go on to study degrees in subjects such as history, law, geography and English, as well as specific Politics courses and increasingly popular areas such as international relations and social policy. An A Level in Politics provides an excellent background for careers in law, journalism, the caring professions, local government, teaching and a range of management and business areas.

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