Government and Politics
Course Duration: 2 years
Course Level: A Level
Why study Government and Politics?
- I have an interest in current affairs and what is going on in the world
- I am interested in how decisions that affect me are made by government
- I want to know how I can participate in political decisions
- I am interested in studying Politics or Law at university, or want a course that develops lots of skills for work in fields such as journalism and policing.
What does the course consist of? UK Politics:
- Democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media
- Political ideas, including: conservatism, liberalism, socialism, anarchism.
- The constitution, parliament, Prime Minister and executive, relationships between the branches.
Comparative politics – The USA:
- The US Constitution and federalism, US Congress, US presidency, US Supreme Court and civil rights, democracy and participation, comparative theories.
How is this course assessed?
What might this course lead on to?
- Higher education, including the study of Law
- Careers in Media, Journalism, the Police and the Armed Forces
- Many other skills are developed such as discussion and debate, building self-confidence and persuasion skills, transferable to many courses.