This course focuses on the study of both UK and US government and politics. It requires students to identify parallels and differences between aspects of politics through the comparison of both UK and US constitutions. Furthermore, this course will involve a critical examination of the changing nature of politics and the connections between political ideas, institutions and processes.
In this course you will study:
Government and politics of the UK
Government and politics of the USA
All three units will be covered over the course during both years.
How will I know how I am doing?
Three 2 hour exams at the end of year 2.
What do I need to join?
5 GCSEs at grade 4–9 including English and Maths.
Whilst you do not need any specific qualifications other than the entry requirements, you do need to have an interest in current affairs and be prepared to discuss a range of issues by following the news. There is a strong reliance on English language, so you will need to have good essay-writing skills.
You will be required to do a minimum of 36 hours of work experience. This is usually completed in a week during your first year in term time, where you have the opportunity to explore a career field which takes your interest. In the lead-up to this week, you will be asked to create an exciting CV during a group tutorial period. The aim of this activity is to give you an idea of what full-time employment is like and to help you think about which career you would like to follow.
What can I do next?
Politics is highly regarded by both employers and higher education. It can lead to a variety of careers including politics, law, teaching, lecturing, journalism, business, the police and the media. It also complements many other A-level subjects, including Law, History and Sociology. Lastly, politics will also ensure that you are a more informed citizen, capable of constructing rational arguments on a range of important issues which affect our daily lives in a complex world.
Course information last updated: Friday 10th July 2020 @ 8.41am (17 hours ago)