|Course Title||AS/A Level Government and Politics|
Develop your critical thinking and awareness of the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes. You will learn about the structures of authority and power in the UK examining areas of legislature, executive and the judiciary. You will also have the opportunity perfect your debating skills and improve your knowledge of the political system in the UK in comparison to other countries such as the US. The course offers a good comparison or alternative to History, Law or Economics A Levels.
This course will help to prepare you for study at degree level, after which you can consider a range of career options in government or political administration, including the Civil Service.
To study three AS Levels or two AS Levels and one Applied Qualification then the entry requirements are six GCSEs at or above grade C/4 including three subjects or more at or above grade C/5 including GCSE English. Should you wish to study four AS Levels the entry requirements are six GCSEs at or above grade C/4 including two subjects or more at or above grade C/5 and two subjects or more at or above B/6. In addition to the above a minimum of 9 grade points are required from maths and English combined.
The A Level Study Programme is for usually two years and starts in September of each year.
You will be assessed through exams. There is no coursework.
On an A Level Study Programme, you will develop specialist knowledge, skills relevant to the subject you are studying. All A Level Study Programme subjects will develop your English and communication skills. Many will also develop technical and numerical skills. All of these are transferable to any higher education and employment fields. In addition, an A Level Study Programme can develop your critical thinking skills more effectively than any other course of study. You will be exposed to a wide range of complex concepts and ideas to provoke and stimulate you, and you will have high level thinking skills that are valued in all employment fields and that will support your higher education and career goals.
All students on A Level Study Programmes will participate in a week’s work experience in each year of their course. This work experience will be tailored as far as possible to your career aims, or provide you with the opportunity to explore possible careers if you are unsure of your future goals.
A range of enrichment activities are available in college and the A Level Study Programme team will provide you with opportunities to do activities that contribute to your wider growth and development and in many cases will support your academic studies by allowing you to explore things that are related to the subject areas that you are interested in.
It would be useful for you to be aware of contemporary political developments before you begin this course.
Bury College students were given the opportunity to experience working life in the industry of their choice through career-enhancing work experience placements.