AS/A Level Government and Politics
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This course offers you a unique and wonderful opportunity to study the political culture, behaviour, processes and key institutions of both the UK and the USA. Lively, relevant, controversial… there are many ways to describe AS/A-level Politics. There’s no denying that it’s one of the most interesting and engaging qualifications you can choose.
Covering news and current affairs from the UK and US, it helps you understand how the UK country is run and develops research, written communication and debate skills. It also helps grow your confidence.
You will develop an in-depth understanding as well a broad and balanced knowledge base of the political systems and workings in both countries. At AS Level, you will mainly focus upon the UK: this will be extremely comprehensive and detailed. At A2, you will examine key components of the US system and take a synoptic approach by comparing and contrasting both countries.
You will also study key political concepts and ideologies that have influenced the 20th Century and have helped shape and drive political interpretations and debates.
There are three broad areas of study in this AQA specification:
• The government and politics of the UK (AS)
• The government and politics of the USA, and comparative politics (A2)
• Political ideas (A2)
The specification requires an in-depth study of UK and US government and politics. Some of the indicative content is: the government of the UK/USA, the structure of Parliament and Congress, the powers of the Prime Minister/President, the nature of the Constitution, the role and functions of political parties and nature of elections and electoral systems, as well as forms of direct democracy and the role of Pressure Groups.
Your knowledge and skills will be assessed in a variety of ways including:
- Frequent topic tests
- Mock assessments
- Practical assessments
- Exams; you'll sit one written exam as the end of year 1 and three exams at the end of year 2
You'll spend a year at each level; a year at AS Level and a year at A Level.
Students who study the course have access to a wide range of career and higher education opportunities. By the end of the course you will have learned to evaluate and analyse information, work independently and communicate complex ideas effectively. All these skills are recognised and valued by employers and universities. Politics provides a basis for a number of popular careers, including journalism, law and business. You may even become the future Prime Minister!
This course is free to those aged under 19 years old.
Most people aged 19 years and over can qualify for free or reduced price course fees and there are grants and bursaries you can apply for to help cover the costs of coming to college, depending on your circumstances.
If you already have a full level 3 qualification and are aged 19 years over, you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the fee upfront in full and qualify for a 10% discount.
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2246 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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