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Government and Politics (POL-A)

2017 - New A level
Examining board - Edexcel

Additional course entry requirements:
Grade B in GCSE geography or history
Why government & politics?
Just 62 people own half of the world’s wealth and 71% of the world’s population lives on less than $10 per day. Only 24.3 per cent of registered voters elected the Conservative government in 2015, while 34% of them didn’t vote. 3,212 migrants have perished at sea so far in 2016, yet despite what we hear daily, the world is in fact more peaceful than it ever has been. It is sometimes hard to make sense of what we see around us.
The study of politics is about making sense of and analysing Britain and the world. You’ll learn to form political judgments and establish a broad set of analytical skills that universities and employers value highly. Many of our former students pursue an active role in British and international politics, going on to study the subject at university and working in journalism, law, think-tanks, universities, charities, international institutions and national government. Our politics department hosts a Model United Nations Conference at the college, inviting over 200 sixth formers to a weekend of stimulating debate. We also invite speakers from parliament on a regular basis.
Course content
You’ll study British government and politics in year one, including the workings of parliament, the role of the prime minister, political parties and their policies, and how patterns of participation have changed in recent years. You’ll also study the key political ideologies of conservatism, liberalism and socialism. In year two, we focus on themes of global politics, such as the rise of China, the ‘decline’ of America and the new challenges of globalisation, terrorism, population migration and climate change; we also study how the world is ordered, the rise of multipolarity, poverty and debt, and the role of international organisations and non-state actors.

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