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Government and Politics

It is very likely that you will be eligible to vote at the next general election. But do you fully understand how the UK is governed? You will if you take this course.

Of course we study the political parties, but the syllabus covers much more besides. There are many different sources of power in the UK and we study them all - Prime Minister, Cabinet, Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly, Judiciary (aspiring lawyers please note!) pressure groups and last, but certainly not least, parliament.

At AS there are two units, in which you will be asked to consider vital questions such as the extent of true democracy in Britain and how well our civil liberties are protected. There are obvious opportunities for classroom discussion on up-to-the-minute issues such as House of Lords reform, our relationship with the EU, coalition politics and whether the UK should abolish the Human Rights Act.

At A2 global political issues are covered and this is contemporary politics at its most exciting. We cover amongst others, themes on conflict, war and terrorism, human rights, globalisation, United Nations and the European Union. This course will enrich your understanding of international politics immeasurably.

Government & Politics has obvious connections with Religion and Philosophy, History and Economics, and the inclusion of the study of the key thinkers who have shaped the ideologies of conservatism, liberalism and socialism makes it a relevant and powerful subject in this increasingly globalised world.

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