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Government and Politics

Qualifications to start the course

Students must have five GCSEs including English, Mathematics and Science graded A* – C. Additional requirements for this subject: Students must have GCSE English at grade B or above.

Description of the subject

A Level Government and Politics provides an excellent introduction to the study of politics. It looks at how the UK is governed, both at home and within the context of the European Union, and considers the changing nature of the UK political system.

  • Interested in learning how the country is governed?
  • Intrigued by political systems and how they work?

What you will do

  • Deepen your general understanding of politics and its significance in the modern world
  • Think about and evaluate issues in a balanced and logical way
  • Understand that politics is central to the developments and processes that are shaping our society and personal lives today
  • Stimulate your interest in different areas of the subject.
  • Develop the ability to interpret and apply evidence from different sources and reach appropriate and credible conclusions
  • Encourage you to consider the strengths and limitations of different political systems, and how specific systems might be improved
  • Demonstrate the importance of studying different perspectives in order to appreciate the complexity of issues and the difficulty of reaching definitive conclusions.

Future prospects

A variety of occupations in the fields of Politics, Education, Public and Civil Services and so forth.

Law

Qualifications to start the course

Students must have five GCSEs including English, Mathematics and Science graded A* – C. Additional requirements for this subject: Students must have GCSE English at grade B or above.

Description of the subject

Laws are rules that help to keep society in order. Studying Law will give you the opportunity to explore what life would be like without laws and how people would treat one another. The study of Law will give you an insight into what your rights are in this country, the way the law operates and explains the role of key people within the legal system.

What you will do

The course consists of two units:

Unit 1:

Understanding Legal Values, Structures and Processes

  • Legal Values
  • Common Law and Equity
  • Criminal Courts and Process
  • Civil Courts and Process
  • Access to Justice: Funding

Unit 2:

Understanding Legal Reasoning, Personnel and Methods

  • European Law
  • Legalisation
  • Delegated Legalisation
  • Judicial Precedent
  • Statutory Interpretation
  • Personnel: Legal Professionals

Students will be assessed through two external examinations based on Units 1 and 2. Unit 1 will be assessed through the ability to write essays and Unit 2 will be assessed through Stimulus Response questions.

Future prospects

A Level Law can lead to the study of Law at degree level which can lead to careers in the Legal Profession. However, A Level Law is not only for those who want to do a Law degree. It is a useful foundation for many university courses including Humanities, Social Sciences, Politics, Business and Management.