A Level Government & Politics
Exam board: Edexcel
When you study Politics at Hammersmith Academy you will discover how key processes in governing the UK work and analyse the advantages and disadvantages of them. You will discover how the key concepts in politics, such as justice, freedom or equality, are contested and you will gain a broad understanding of such important issues as democracy, political participation, globalisation, and feminism. When you study Politics, you will be taught not what to think, but how to think:
- how to gather relevant information and articulate arguments in a logical and clear fashion
- how to deepen your understanding of a range of political institutions and workings
- how to form independent judgments about some of the major controversies of our age
In addition, you will develop a range of general, interpersonal skills:
- communication and presentation skills
- IT skills
- information-gathering skills
- project-planning skills.
- team-working skills
Not surprisingly, politics students are able to use these skills in a wide range of professions, in politics, public administration, teaching, the media, business, marketing, accountancy, law, NGOs and much more besides. Politics students will possess the skills and flexibility to adapt to a range of career options over their working lives.
You will study four units in total. At AS level you will study the following topics:
People and Politics
This unit introduces you to the key channels of communication between government and the people and encourages you to evaluate the adequacy of existing arrangements for ensuring representative democracy and participation. Content includes – democracy and political participation, party policies and ideas, elections, pressure groups
Governing the UK
This unit introduces you to the major governmental processes within the UK. It encourages you to develop a critical understanding of the role and effectiveness of key institutions and the relationship amongst them in the context of multilevel governance. Content includes – the Constitution, Parliament, the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Judges and civil liberties
Specific entry requirements
8 or more GCSEs at grades A*–C including English and Maths, as well as a minimum grade B in Geography or a Humanities subject.
Trips to Parliament, visits from local MPs, mock parliament sessions.