What is happening with Brexit? Why is British politics in such a mess?
Politics used to be something that people were disinterested in. Today, everyone has an opinion about politics. So, how can you become better informed about these critical issues, and what can you do to take control of your life, rather than leaving it up to the politicians?
The answer is, of course: study Government and Politics.
You will develop an in-depth understanding of the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes. You will acquire knowledge and understanding of the structures of authority and power within the political systems of the United Kingdom and the United States. You will acquire knowledge and informed understanding of the rights and responsibilities of the individual, and encourage an interest in, and engagement with contemporary politics.
Government & Politics combines well with the following A levels:
- English Language & Literature
However, the course works just as well in combination with any other subjects.
Component 1: People and Politics
Political Participation: Democracy, Political Parties and Pressure Groups, Elections and Voting Behaviour, and Media Influence.
Core Political Ideas: Conservatism. Liberalism, and Socialism.
Component 2: UK Government
UK Government: the Constitution, Parliament, the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and The Supreme Court.
Non-core political ideas: Nationalism.
Component 3: Comparative Politics
US Politics: the Constitution, Congress, Supreme Court, the President, Political Parties, and Elections.
For all Level 3 pathways five passes (9-4) or more at GCSE are required, including at least Grade 4 in Maths and/ or English Language.
Political scientists often pursue careers in law, journalism, media, business, social work, teaching … and even politics! Related degree courses include Politics, International Relations, Peace Studies, Business Studies, Law, Sociology, and other Social Science and Humanities based subjects.