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A Level Government and Politics

Anyone with an interest in current affairs and a desire to seek explanations for events will enjoy this course. You will need to have an open mind and be able to communicate clearly: both verbally and in written work.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English Language and usually Mathematics.

Course Content

Year one – You will study issues such as the role of pressure groups and parties, the differing styles of Prime Ministers and much more. You will examine and apply key concepts such as power, authority and democracy.

Year Two – Having achieved the AS level, you can go on to study the political ideologies of liberalism, conservatism, socialism, anarchism, nationalism, feminism, ecologism and multi-culturalism.

How will I be taught?

There will be an emphasis on discussion and debate throughout the course, as well as assessment through written work. You will have the opportunity to develop your functional skills in Communication and you will be encouraged to develop your research skills.

How will I be assessed?

Exam based course assessment.

Will I need any extra equipment?

All books and equipment will be provided by the College.

What qualifications will I get?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded an A level in the subject studied.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

A good A level pass in a range of subjects will assist you to progress to higher education or appropriate employment.

Course Information

Politics has achieved consistently high pass rates and is expected to continue to do so. Please contact Bonnie Feltham for further information.

Students, aged over 19 on the 1 September of the year the course commences will be required to pay tuition and assessment fees. If you are in receipt of an income based benefit please ask about financial assistance, which may be available.

Please contact Customer Services on 0800 056 0511 or email customerservices@southdowns.ac.uk for further information.

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