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Government & Politics A Level

What does democracy really mean?

How powerful are Prime Ministers?

In the light of Brexit, or of President Trump's election victory, can we be trusted to govern ourselves or should others make decisions on our behalf?

What is freedom? Do we have it? How can we change our lives for the better?

If you take an interest in these sorts of questions, read the news and enjoy heated debate, then Government & Politics is for you!  In Government & Politics we study, applaud and challenge  the institutions, systems and ideologies we have created to govern ourselves. 

If current affairs interest you, if you have a point of view and are not afraid to share it, and you want to keep yourself informed about recent political developments, this course looks to entertain, inform, and educate you further.

+ Course details and future career paths

Year 1

Unit 1 – The Government and Politics of the UK

Section one examines how Britain is governed, including the role of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the functions of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. We look at the role of individual MPs and evaluate their powers and responsibilities. In addition the course examines the nature and reform of the UK constitution, the role of the judiciary in the UK political system and devolution.

Section two examines the reasons why and how people participate in politics and why others do not. We also looks at the different electoral systems in the UK and the ideologies, views and functions of political parties will be examined. We then consider the activities and impact of pressure groups and conclude with a study of the European Union.


Unit 2 – Governing Modern Britain

Examines how Britain is governed – the role of the Prime Minister, the Cabinet and the roles of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. We look at the role of individual MPs and evaluate their powers and roles. In addition the course examines the nature and reform of the UK constitution and the role of the judiciary in the UK political system.


Year 2

Unit 3A – The politics of the USA

Examines the electoral process and the direct democracy in the United States. There is also an analysis of US voting behaviour. The unit examines ideology and the political party system in the USA. Finally there is an examination of the activities and significance of pressure groups with specific reference to the democratic process.


Unit 4 – The Government of the USA

This unit examines the working and amendment of the United States constitution. It also assesses how the government of the USA operates, analysing the different branches of government (the roles of the House of Representatives and the Senate, the roles and powers of the President and the political significance of the supreme court.

+ Progression

A-level Politics provides a good basis for university degree courses in Political Studies, European Studies, Philosophy, Public Administration, Social Science, International Relations, Economics and Law. In addition, career prospects are opened up in local government departments, the civil service, the legal system, management, banking and finance, media, journalism and teaching.

 

How to find us.

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Durrington
Wilts
SP4 8HH

Phone: 01980 652 467
EMAIL: Admin@avonvalleycollege.org.uk

 
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