Course details

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Qualification name GCE A Level in Politics
Qualification level 3
Awarding organisation Pearson Education Ltd (Formerly EDEXCEL)
Course type Classroom based
Course hours Full-time
Course start date 1st September 2021
Cost £0.00
Attendance pattern Daytime

Who this course is for

Politics exists because people disagree. They disagree about how they should live (Moral questions), about who should get what (Resource Questions), and about who should make decisions (Power questions). Students will be expected to understand how the British political system works, its origins and how it operates. In addition, we will examine some core ideas and philosophies such as conservatism, liberalism, socialism and the founding principles of modern democracies. In the second year of the course we focus on American politics. Politics is the most basic and necessary of social activities. Without orderly existence, society would degenerate into a civil war of each against all. Here is your opportunity to become an informed citizen.

Entry requirements

Each student will need to achieve a minimum average points score of 4.8 from the best 8 results; with Grade 4 or higher in Maths, English Language or Literature. This average points score is based on the QCA points system which is as follows: 9=9, 8=8, 7=7, 6=6, 5= 5, 4=4, 3=3, 2=2 and 1=1
A minimum Grade 5 in GCSE English Language is strongly recommended

We reserve the right to change the overall best 8 points average entry criteria score pending publication of the summer’s results.

What you'll learn

Political Participation – students will study:
• democracy and participation
• political parties,
• electoral systems
• voting behaviour
• the media

Core Political Ideas – students will study:
• conservatism
• liberalism
• socialism

UK Government – students will study:
• the constitution
• parliament
• Prime Minister and executive
• relationships between the branches

Optional Political Ideas – students will study one idea from the following:
• anarchism
• ecologism
• feminism (tbc)
• multiculturalism
• nationalism

For USA, students will study:
• the US Constitution and federalism
• US congress
• US presidency
• US Supreme Court
• democracy and participation
• civil rights

How you'll be assessed

There are 3 written exams.

Component 1: UK Politics - Written examination: 2 hours, 33⅓ % of the qualification, 84 marks
Component 2: UK Government - Written examination: 2 hours, 33⅓ % of the qualification, 84 marks
Component 3: Comparative Politics - Written examination: 2 hours, 33⅓ % of the qualification, 84 marks

What you can do next

Taking this course will give you adaptable skills which will enable you to understand and assess ideas and arguments, and to construct and communicate clear answers to problems based on well-validated evidence. The study of politics can lead to a variety of careers within areas such as journalism and broadcasting, management, publishing, local government, public policy and policy research, interest groups, local government and the voluntary sector, as well as within politics itself.

Venue for this course

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Name Heart of England Sixth Form
Address Gipsy Lane
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Phone 01676536728

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