Sixth Form Applications
Applications to Heart of England Sixth Form are welcome.
Government and Politics
Politics exists because people disagree. They disagree about how they should live (Moral Questions), about who should get what (Resource Questions), and about who should make decisions (Power Questions).
Students will be expected to understand how the British political system works, its origins and how it operates. In the second year of the course we focus on American Politics.
Politics is the most basic and necessary of social activities—without orderly existence society would degenerate into a civil war of each against all. Here is your opportunity to become an informed citizen.
Syllabuses (Course Outline and Structure)
We will be following the Edexcel Government & Politics syllabus.
The two modules to be covered for the AS Level are:
Module 1 : People and Politics
This module requires us to consider the nature of democracy in the UK, and the ways in which it can be enhanced or strengthened. We examine the nature and role of political parties, and focus on the links between elections and democracy. Finally, we will consider the extent to which pressure groups promote democracy.
Module 2 : Governing the UK
Here we will focus on the main institutions of the UK government, the Constitution, Parliament, the Prime Minister and the Cabinet and the Judiciary.
Module 3 : Representative Processes in the USA
A highly relevant and exciting topic in the subject. What contribution can we as economists make to the whole issue of transport and the need to reduce pollution and congestion.
Module 4 : Governing the USA
To begin with, we will examine the wider economic performance of the global economy. Also, we will study the plight of developing countries, the problems they face and how they might overcome them. We will need to develop an overview of the past, present and possible future of european economies, as the EU continues to expand. What about the might of the USA, and even China!
Activities and Trips
A trip to Paris in Year 13. If possible, a trip to the House of Commons in Year 12.
We strongly recommend that students subscribe to the “Politics Review” magazine – perfectly tailored to help AS/A Level students maximise their grades (£12 p.a.). In addition, it is vital for students to have a good revision guide (£8), and an alternative textbook (£18).
Complementary Subject Combinations and Enrichment Activities
Almost every student who has studied Politics has asked the question “Why isn’t everyone in Year 12 studying Politics ?” Whatever pathway you choose – sciences/arts/humanities – you cannot escape the fact that later in life you will have the right to vote and have a say in how your country is run – do it from a position of knowledge rather than ignorance. This subject goes extremely well with History, English, Sociology, Economics and the Sciences.
Schemes of Work
What can I do after I’ve completed the course?
Taking the Edexcel Advanced GCE in Government and Politics will give you adaptable skills which will enable you to understand and assess ideas and arguments, and to construct and communicate clear answers to problems based on well-validated evidence.
With a GCE in Government and Politics, you can progress to higher education courses such as honours degrees in politics, international politics/relations and political science as well as to degrees in related subjects such as history, geography, economics and social policy. You will also be able to progress to vocational qualifications such as BTEC Higher National Certificates/Diplomas in subjects such as Public Services, Business or Media (Journalism).
The study of politics can lead to a variety of careers within areas such as journalism and broadcasting, management, publishing, local government, public policy and policy research, interest groups, local government and the voluntary sector, as well as within politics itself. Next steps!
To find out more, discuss with Mr Kiddy.