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A-level Politics

Full-time A-level Politics Level 3 | GCE AS Level in Politics

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 natu...

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16-18

Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course.

19-23

If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, then you may be entitled to a Legal Entitlement to cover the cost of your tuition, exam and material fees.

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If you are 19 or over and taking an English or Maths course up to an including Level 2, and have not previously achieved a GCSE Grade A* to C or grade 4 or higher, then you may be entitled to a Legal Entitlement to cover the cost of your tuition, exam and material fees.

19+ (Level 2 Course or Below etc.)

If you are aged 19 or over and studying a level 2 course or below, you may be entitled to a Low Income/Benefit Waiver. If awarded, this Waiver will cover your tuition, exam and material fees.

19+ (Level 3 Course or Above etc.)

If you are aged 19 or over and studying on a level 3 course or above, and the Level 3 Legal Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may however be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the tuition fees.

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Summary

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 • This unit focuses on political participation in the UK, and explores many crucial topics including: voting behaviour, electoral systems, referendums, the role of political parties in a democracy, and the influence of pressure groups and protest movements on policy making. • This unit also includes the study of multi-level governance and the spread of power, including UK national and local government, devolution and even the European Union. We examine how Britain's constitution regulates government and maintains the balance between individual rights and the power of the state. We also investigate the power relationship between an elected parliament and unelected bureaucrats in the civil service. Government and politics of the USA • This unit critically examines the constitutional framework of the US government, including the separation of powers, checks and balances, and federalism. It also explores the different branches of government including the legislative, the executive and the judiciary. The electoral process is also a key topic to consider, with common themes discussed including presidential and congressional elections, along with voting behaviour. A major focus of this unit also examines the ideologies and policies of the Democrats and Republicans, the influence of pressure groups and civil rights. Political ideas • This unit will critically examine influential political ideologies which have shaped the modern world, including liberalism, conservatism, socialism and anarchism. Themes and concepts discussed will include human nature, liberty, democracy, economy, welfare and the state. Other concepts examined will include authority, tradition, class conflict, social justice, private property and public ownership. All three units will be covered over the course during both years.

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.

How will I know how I am doing?

Three 2 hour exams at the end of Year 2.

Work Experience

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.

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Course information last updated: Tuesday 12th November 2019 @ 10.50am (5 days ago)

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