There has never been a better time to study Politics. Unexpected elections, surprise referendum results, an earthquake in American Politics. The subject is vibrant and fascinating at present and you can learn about everything that has been going on and gain a much greater understanding of the world around you from this course!
We will study such things as why is the mass media so important to political victory, why does Parliament now have an enhanced role in our democracy, is the current Prime Minister weak or strong, why did people vote for BREXIT and Trump, what are the functions of political parties, what is the role and actions of pressure groups and much much more…
Politics is one of the subjects which is highly regarded by Universities and is particularly useful for students wanting to pursue careers in law, the police, the media or journalism and for anyone who just wants a greater knowledge of the world around them. This course will lead you into all sorts of career paths and university choices but you will be mainly interested in a legal career, political science, journalism and literature. It is useful in a wide range of careers such as the legal profession, the civil service, teaching, local government, politics, and in pressure groups and charities. History skills are especially useful in research based occupations such as journalism, the police and the law.
You will experience a variety of teaching methods and styles and there are opportunities to take trips to a variety of sites to develop your understanding further. For example, there are regular trips to Parliament and to the Courts in London.
There are two written exams at the end of the course and guidance will be given on how to answer questions in the exams throughout the course.
Specific to this course you will be expected to buy key texts and also there will be trips to areas of interest.
You will be expected to spend around 5 hours per week outside lesson time to complete set work. In addition, you will be required to sign up to the course Twitter feed in order to maintain a “Diary of Political Events.” This will be invaluable when it comes to exams as it will provide you with up-to-date examples which you can use.
The course is validated by Pearson (Edexcel).
Apart from the general entry criteria for A-levels (6 GCSEs at grades 5-9), you must have grade 5 in one of the following subjects: English Language, English Literature, Sociology, Psychology, Geography, History or Politics.
You should have a strong interest in current affairs and in particular political debate. An interest in the world around you is a must!
GCSE grade 5 or above.
GCSE grade 5 or above.
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