Government and Politics

What does the course involve?
The study of A Level Politics is essentially a contemporary study of the political systems of the UK and a comparison with that of the USA. It will include an analysis of the key institutions of the executive, legislature and judiciary. Students will also consider the level and types of political participation and will include elections and voting, political parties and pressure groups. The new A level also requires consideration of the main political ideologies and the impact of different political thinkers.

How will you learn?
It is expected that students will supplement their formal study of Government and Politics by being alert to the course of events in the world of politics and following them in the available media. Students will be taught the importance of individual learning from the start and will be expected to undertake a wide range of reading outside the classroom environment, particularly from magazines, the internet and newspapers.
Class study will involve individual and group presentation, group discussion and debate as well as more traditional teacher centred learning. Students’ progress will be monitored through a variety of written tasks, either essay style questions or shorter written assignments. Also students will be expected to become members of the Politics Society and attend talks organised by the Politics Society Committee given by politicians and academics.

What exams and coursework are involved?
Students will be examined by 3 final examination papers at the end of the course. There is no course work.

What are the entry requirements?
You do not need to have studied Politics at GCSE. You will need either a grade 6 in English Language or grade 6 in History.

What could you do after completing the course?
A Level Politics is a well-regarded qualification for a wide variety of higher education and career opportunities. Many students, but by no means all, go onto to read the subject at well-regarded institutions including Oxbridge, LSE and Bristol. Graduates go into a diverse range of occupations, notably Law, the Civil Service and journalism, as well as teaching and academia. Past BWS and SWGS students who have continued to study Politics at undergraduate level include a prospective MP, Fast Track Civil Servants, journalists, professional administrators of political parties and representatives on the London Assembly.

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