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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This well-established course looks at issues in the news and applies these to the basic ideas of democracy in the UK and the way the UK is governed, comparing them with the USA.  It also examines some of the political ideologies and political ideological ideas behind our contemporary political system, drawing upon historical events.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C/equivalent or above, including English at grade 5 and Maths at grade 4.

You should demonstrate a B grade profile in at least two other written subjects.

You will have an interview and initial assessment. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment. If you are successful, you will be allocated a place to study.

You should develop some willingness to explore the current political news in the UK and US and read around contemporary and historic political personalities and ideas.

Course Content

Component  1 Government and Politics of the UK and Component 2 Government and Politics of the USA and Comparative Politics

  • Democracy
  • Pressure Groups
  • Political and Ideological Ideas
  • Elections
  • Parliament/Congress
  • The Prime Minister and Cabinet/Executive
  • The Constitution
  • The Judiciary
  • Europe
  • Digital democracy

 

Component 3 Political Ideologies

  • Conservatism
  • Liberalism
  • Socialism
  • Ecologism (this is negotiable and subject to change)

We also have visits and talks by prominent politicians.

 

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is 100% by three essay-based examinations at the end of Year 2. There is no coursework or project element.

 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

It is advisable to look at AS Politics by Andrew Heywood (green 5th edition, 2015), although newer material is set for release.

 

It is useful to look at Political Ideologies and Introduction to US Politics by Andrew Heywood and Anthony Bennett and his book US Government and Politics.

 

At this stage several new publications are due for imminent publishing and a textbook for each component will be recommended in class.

 

Access to the internet on a smart phone or tablet is also useful - but not compulsory - for Components 1 and 2 to enable additional reading.

What can I do after this course?

Careers 

  • Law - barrister or solicitor
  • Surveying - chartered surveying, land economy, general practice
  • Military/naval roles
  • Party political work
  • Lobbying
  • Banking and financial analysis
  • Pressure group work
  • Marketing/PR
  • Teaching
  • Lecturing
  • Civil Service

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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

 

This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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Yikai Shen

Yikai Shen

Aiming for a career in financial services

Aiming for a career in financial services, Yikai Shen chose to study A-levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Business at Derby College before continuing his education at Imperial College, London.

A British education is recognised throughout the world as the best. My biggest challenge at College was obviously the language but I worked hard and gained a lot of support from tutors at the College.

Derby is a very nice city and I settled in well. I made a lot of good friends and everyone was very welcoming
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