Government & Politics
Where does it lead?
Politics fits very well with subjects like Economics, History, Law and Sociology. Many students go on to read Politics at university and it is excellent preparation for a career in the civil service and public sector, business and management, the media, and the voluntary and community sector.
The AS course focuses on British Politics : our different elections and electoral systems, referendums ; political parties and pressure groups ; and British Government : our constitution and judiciary ; the role of parliament ; how our prime ministerial and cabinet system operate ; and finally, local and devolved government and the main institutions of the European Union.
The A2 course focuses on American Politics : presidential and congressional elections and the role of referendums; political parties and pressure groups. While a second module covers American Government : the American constitution and role of the Supreme Court; Congress; and the Presidency.
Full course content can be found on the AQA website.
You can expect to:
• Participate in a lot of debate and discussion.
• Bring in news stories each week that interest you.
• Question how democratic Britain and America really are.
Other useful information.
Each year there are trips to Westminster for Year 12s and Brussels for Year 13s. In July 2015 a trip for History, Politics, Business Studies and Economics students was organised to New York and Washington.
Students’ views …
• Absolutely brilliant. Has introduced politics to me and really gotten me interested in the subject, how the country is run and how it should be run.
• A fascinating subject, very informative and necessary in educating today’s politically ignorant youth.
• Great fun, really engaging and gives you an opportunity to find yourself and what you think. Gives a brilliant chance to build up debating skills and discussion.
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