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Government and Politics A-level

Why do Politics?

You might be interested in political events happening on national or international scale. You might want to know how the British political system works. You might be interested in the debate about the EU referendum or wondered what the terms ‘left’ and ‘right’ mean in a political sense. If so, Politics could be for you! No prior knowledge is required. You just need to be interested in the world around you and ideally follow current events.

What do I learn?
You will be following the OCR specification
First year (AS)
• Unit 1: Contemporary Politics of the UK
• Unit 2: Contemporary Government of the UK
Second year (A2)
• Unit 3: Political ideas and concepts
• Unit 4: Political ideas and concepts in practice
What do I gain?
You will gain a knowledge and understanding of how the British political system works. You will also develop the skills necessary for further academic study, such as strong report writing, essay writing and study skills, including presentation skills.

If you enjoy the subject then you will have the opportunity to progress to A2 level where the focus is more on political concepts and ideas both in theory and practice.

You will also improve the wider skills vital for success in further study or employment, including self-confidence, speaking in front of others, working with others, taking responsibility and managing your time. By the end of the course you will have benefited from Individual support, including clear advice about Higher Education and careers.
What do I need?
6 x C grades at GCSE including English.
What do I gain?
With 3 A Levels the possibilities are endless. You can progress to higher education to study a variety of different subjects at Degree level. A Levels also offer a high standard of education which many employers require as part of their entry criteria on to training programmes. An A Level in Government and Politics will allow you access to university to study a wide range of courses.
What else do I need to know?
You will require a core text book: 'AS UK Government & Politics' by Lynch and Fairclough, Hodder Education. You will also need pens, A4 lined paper and folder.

Formal assessment is through examinations. The examination periods are in May and June. . There will be a range of regular assignments, essays and class based assessments to help you develop your study skills for the next educational step. Individual learning targets are set each term and you will receive regular feedback on your progress in meeting these targets.
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