Government and Politics AS Level – AQA

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Studying Politics means studying the real world and developing the skills to make sense of that world. Politics is about people and power: who gets it, how they use it, and what makes a society fair. It is useful, interesting and challenging. Politics at South Cheshire is for people who have an interest in current affairs, and who enjoy debates and discussions. You will have the opportunity to participate in visits to Parliament and to Washington DC, as well as to various conferences and revision courses, to enhance your studies.

Most students are new to the study of Politics and will be encouraged to keep up to date with current affairs through newspapers, the internet and TV programmes such as Newsnight and Question Time. The AS course focuses on British Politics, including: Voting behaviour and electoral systems, Parties and Pressure groups, Prime Minister and Cabinet, Parliament. The A2 course is based on American Politics, covering topics such as: Congress, The Supreme Court, The US electoral system, Pressure groups.

Why study Politics?
Studying Politics means studying the real world and developing the skills to make sense of that world. Politics is about people and power: who gets it, how they use it, and what makes a society fair. It is useful, interesting and challenging. Politics is for people who have an interest in current affairs, and who enjoy debates and discussions. Students will have the opportunity to participate in visits to Parliament and to Washington DC, as well as various conferences and revision courses.

There will be regular assessments in class and as homework or research tasks to determine your progress as well as four formal assessments throughout the year including a mock exam in January. Your final assessments are in the form of two exams; one for unit one and one for unit two.

To be considered for entry onto our A Level courses you should have:
Three Grade 5s (Bs) plus two Grade 4s (Cs) including Grade 4s in English Language and Maths plus a high average GCSE point score and any individual subject requirements.

The course is a good foundation for a wide variety of university courses and careers such as law, journalism, government and teaching.

Start Date: 3rd September 2018
End Date: 28th June 2019
Duration: 2 Years
Location: Crewe Campus
Course Description: A-Level Government and Politics

 

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