Politics A Level

Qualification: GCE A Level in Politics
Exam Board & Specification Code: Pearson; 9PL0; Specification
Course Entry Requirements: C/4 in English Language GCSE
Please make sure that you have understood the overall entry requirements to study at BHASVIC. These are available here and outline the GCSE grades you need to take up one of the Programmes of Study at the college.
Length and size of qualification: 2 year single course
Timetable hours: 4.5 hours per week
Assessment method: 3 x 2 hour exams
BHASVIC Department: Philosophy, Politics and Law
Head of Department: Phil Anthony

What will I study?

When applying. please choose between one of the two options below to study:
Politics (British and U.S.): Common to each of our Politics courses is an introduction to British politics, including a study of the Constitution, parliament, the Core Executive, democracy, electoral systems and political parties. In addition, you will study the core political ideas of conservatism, socialism and liberalism. In your second year you will staudy an additional ideology before undertaking an in-depth study of U.S. (American) politics, including the U.S. constitution and federalism, the three branches of government (executive, legislature and judiciary) democracy and participation and civil rights.

Politics (British and Global): Common to each of our Politics courses is an introduction to British politics, including a study of the Constitution, parliament, the Core Executive, democracy, electoral systems and political parties. In addition, you will study the core political ideas of conservatism, socialism and liberalism. In your second year you will staudy an additional ideology before undertaking an in-depth study of Global Politics, sovereignty and globalisation, global governance, human rights, regionalism and the European Union.

Is this course right for me?

If you have an interest in current affairs and enjoy debate and discussion, this subject is for you. Everyone is affected by politics and the actions of politicians therefore studying and talking about politics are a necessary part of the life that we lead. You must enjoy reading about current affairs and watching programmes such as Question Time and the Daily Politics show, and you must be interested in how and why decisions are made by politicians in a democratic system.

Where next?

From social and political research to journalism, marketing and HR, a qualification in politics opens up a variety of career opportunities as well as developing a broad range of skills.  You will acquire a good understanding of politics on a local and national level. You will gain a number of transferable skills, including being able to debate and examine issues from all standpoints, an ability to identify, analyse and find solutions to problems and to make reasoned arguments as well as gain excellent communication skills. Jobs directly related to politics could include: Civil Service, Government social research officer, Politician's assistant, Public affairs consultant, Social researcher. Jobs where this subject would be useful include:  Charity officer, Forensic accountant, Human resources officer, Local government officer, Market researcher and Journalist. Useful websites might include Targetjobs, Prospects and All About Careers.

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