Government and Politics

Who is it for?

Students who have a real interest in the nature of activities associated with the governance of a country or area, especially the debates between parties and ideologies surrounding power and its application.

Entry Requirements

The general entrance requirements apply, plus grades 5 in both English literature and English language and maths are required.

Course Content

Advanced Level Government and Politics offers students an exciting opportunity to study and explore political participation, contemporary political ideas, the machinations of the UK government; competing ideologies and the comparative politics found in the United States of America and the rest of the world. The course contains three components: UK politics; UK Government; and Comparative Politics. All components involve the study of a wide range of political institutions, ideologies and processes of power, drawing continually on contemporary events and examples to facilitate a discursive method of teaching and learning.

Issues covered include: the nature of democracy, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour, the influence of the media – ideologies such as conservatism, liberalism, socialism, nationalism etc. The course also covers the British constitution, parliament, the relationship between the various institutions in government, globalisation, regionalism and a comparison with other countries’ political systems, such as United States of America.

Weekly commitment

Nine periods of teaching time per fortnight, background reading and regular written assignments and further articles to read throughout the year.

There is no coursework!

Assessment

Three externally-examined papers to be taken in year 13, corresponding to each of the taught components. Each paper is two hours in length – each representing 33½% of the total marks - and requires the student to write a series of essays on the topics covered in each component.

Additional Costs

Key textbooks will be provided, but students may wish to purchase additional books that are recommended.

Career Prospects

The critical thinking skills that are developed by this subject will prove useful in most career paths and can be used to further one’s career in law, local government, the civil service, banking, teaching, publishing, non-government organisations or any profession where the ability to think fast and efficiently are considered an essential asset.

Further information contact:

Dr D Bennett