A Level Government and Politics
As a student of Government & Politics will learn about, and engage in, political debates and study how decisions are made within the British, US and international frameworks.
Students take four modules across the Sixth Form.
There is a trip to the UK Parliament and you will be encouraged to attend masterclasses; the department has also run trips to Brussels and Washington DC.
Unit 1: People and Politics - What is Politics? Why does it matter? Power, Authority, Government, Democracy, Participation, Ideologies, Parties, Elections, Pressure groups.
Unit 2: Governing the UK - Constitutions, Parliament, Prime Minister, Cabinet, Judges, Laws, Rights
Unit 3: Representative Processes in the USA - Elections, Voting, Parties, Pressure Groups, Racial and Ethnic Politics
Unit 4: Global Political Issues - Conflict and War, Terrorism and WMDs, Poverty and Development, Environmentalism and Sustainability, Human Rights and International Law
The course will allow you to develop a critical awareness of current affairs and political knowledge. It is a well-respected and influential academic course, valuable not only as a qualification, but as part of a wider education. No prior study of Politics is required, though you should have an interest in, and opinions on, current affairs.
Students who have recently studied Government & Politics have been successful in gaining places on degree courses such as Politics, History, PPE and Law at universities such as Cambridge, Kings College London and Bristol. Government & Politics is studied alongside a variety of other A-Level courses including History, Sociology, Economics and English.