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Politics

COURSE SUMMARY SHEET

 

SUBJECT

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

LEVEL

AS/A2

EXAM BOARD

AQA

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENT

  • 5 A*-C GCSE including English and Maths
  • A C grade in a Humanities Subject

 

Is this a new 2 Year linear A Level Subject?

Yes/No

If Yes see explanation below on how the 2 Year Course will be structured/examined

 

 

 

10 KEY POINTS ABOUT THE COURSE

 

1. At AS Level you will study Politics in the UK. The course will be based around teaching the basic content of Politics as well as developing key skills – if you continue in the second year you will look in more detail at Politics in the USA.

 

2. The course is 100% exam based – you will sit 2 Papers in June for each year [AS and A2]. Each Paper has 2 Topic Areas and is worth 25% of the overall exam mark.

 

3. In the AS course you will study themes such as the UK Government and Parliament, Voting Behaviour and Pressure Group Politics.

 

4.  This will include looking at issues such as – is the Prime Minister too powerful? How are laws in this country passed? Can the media influence the way we vote? Is the behaviour of some pressure groups a danger to society? Should we pull troops out of the Middle East?  Phew!!  That is plenty to be going on with!

 

5. Resources we use include a standard text at AS Level called Exploring British Politics by Garnett and Lynch – but a key element of Politics is about keeping up with websites, blogs and the news – you have to be interested in current affairs and what is going on in this country/the world today.

 

6. Over the past decade Politics results have been amongst the best in the Sixth Form – we have often achieved grades which have put us in the top 25% of schools within the country.

 

7. Politics class sizes are usually about 10 - 14 students - a good number for discussion and group work.

 

8. To study Politics you should enjoy discussion work and debates, and finding out about and understanding how the country works – how it impacts on you, your family, and your future. You have to have opinions but make sure they are informed ones.

 

9. Research and individual study is an important part of Politics – you should also be prepared to work with others to produce presentation materials and, in some cases, lead lessons.

 

10. Politics works very well with subjects such as Law, Sociology, Psychology and Public Services. Most students don’t go into careers in Politics with their qualifications but rather areas such as Law, Business Management, government and public services such as the police/army etc – in fact it combines well with most subjects!

 

 

Who should you see if you have further questions?

Please talk to Mr Ghosh or Mr Kearley