Government and Politics is a fascinating subject that has an impact on all our lives. In a rapidly changing world, this subject gives us an understanding of how governments function, Britain’s commitment to international organisations, the ideologies behind the major political parties, human rights issues and even Brexit. If you are interested in current affairs, enjoy reading the news, or are simply curious about the major shifts in world politics, then this A level is for you. Lessons are lively, provoking debate and are insightful. Our students have opportunities to attend TV political debates, contribute to youth programmes with local council and visit Parliament.
There are opportunites for the MAT students to be involved in preparation for Oxbridge applications for PPE through the college's ACE programme and SEREN networks.
Students who study Government and Politics will develop their interest in, and an understanding of, the systems of government and the political issues of Britain and America. It will encourages a knowledge of contemporary affairs taught in modern, well equipped classrooms. GovPol@CSG develops transferable skills and critical thought which are key skills essential for Higher Education.
Politics will equip you with a wide range of academic and communication skills, which are highly valued by many different careers. Previous students have gone on to study Politics at university and taken up careers in teaching, law, Welsh politics, local government and the voluntary sector.
A* Government and Politics, studying Law: Queen Mary University of London
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A* Government and Politics, studying Politics: Cardiff University
A* Government and Politics, studying Geography: Cambridge University
Consistently high performance over the last four years has seen Gov&Pol@CSG in the top 20% of schools and colleges in the UK (ALPs)
92% A* - C and 100% A* - E in 2018 cohort.
Year 1 concentrates on British Politics: looking back at past structures and considering how this might change in the future. We study British and Welsh governments, political parties, elections and social movements.
This is divided into two papers: the first is on political ideologies and global politics, and the last unit looks indepth at American politics and its influences around the world.
Two written examinations.
A2 / A Level
Two written examinations.
There is no coursework in this course.
Normally students 16 - 19 years of age will require a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grades A* - C.
English language and/or English Literature grade B+
We strongly recommend that students have at least a grade B in English language GCSE as this course entails a considerable amount of essay writing. An interest in current affairs would be an advantage. Entry for mature students without formal qualifications is at the discretion of the curriculum area.
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