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When writing an answer for a Government and Politics essay, pupils need to evaluate evidence and construct a logical, reasoned response. As such any career requiring good communication skills and the ability to organise and utilise information will look favourable on having a Government and Politics A level.

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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: AS/A2
Exam Board: Edexcel
Requirements: No previous study of the subject required
Course Content
Paper 1. This paper is entitled UK Politics. It is divided up into two sections with one being on Political Participation and the other on Core Political Ideas. The Political Participation section covers political parties, electoral systems, voting behavior and the media and general theories about UK democracy. In the Core Political Ideas our focus will be on either Liberalism, Conservatism or Socialism,

Paper 2. This paper will consider the UK government. It is divided up into two main sections. In the first part the focus will be on the constitution, parliament, the Prime Minister and the executive and the relationship between the different areas of government. In the second part we will study one political concept from the following: anarchism, ecologism, feminism, multiculturalism, nationalism.

Paper 3. This paper will be on Comparative Politics. The main themes to consider are theories of Global Politics, sovereignty and globalisation, global governance: political and economic, global governance: human rights and environmental concerns, power and developments, regionalism and the European Union.
Style Of Assessment
All three papers are assessed using a two hour written examination. In Section A there will be two 30 mark questions to answer and for each question the pupils will be given a choice of two essays. In Section B there will be one 24 mark question to be answered from a choice of two. The Assessment for Paper 3 follows a different format, with there being three sections. Section A is one 12 mark question from a choice of two, Section B has one compulsory question and Section C has two 30 mark questions from a choice of three.
Whose kind of course?
The Government and Politics A–level is suited to pupils who have a good command of English and who are interested in the modern world. The lessons really focus on political developments in the UK and Europe. As such, anyone who is interested in key issues affecting the country will enjoy the course.

Each year we attend a Politics conference in Westminster and the speakers in 2016 included John Bercow, Jacob Rees–Mog, Hilary Benn, Douglas Carswell, Caroline Lucas, Chris Grayling, Angus Robertson and Norman Lamb. We have been to the European Parliament in Brussels and had talks from an MEP and key officials who work in the Institutions there.

Stretch and challenge – Aiming for A*
There is no limit to the extra-curricular research that can be done for this subject. Indeed, many pupils have become so interested the key issues being debated by the political parties that they constantly investigate key topics and write well authenticated essays. Such pupils invariably do very well in the subject.
Career Prospects
When writing an answer for a Government and Politics essay, pupils need to evaluate evidence and construct a logical, reasoned response. As such any career requiring good communication skills and the ability to organise and utilise information will look favourable on having a Government and Politics A level.
Sociology

Sociology forms the basis for training in many of the following fields: human resources, teaching, criminology, social work, armed forces, local government, health care and business management.

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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: AS/A2
Exam Board: AQA
Requirements: Minimum Grade 4 in a related subject. (English, RE , History or Law)
Course Content
First year (AS)
• Unit 1: Families and Households
• Unit 2: Education and Research Methods

Second year (A2)
• Unit 3: Beliefs in Society
• Unit 4: Crime, Deviance, Theory and Methods

Sociology is an essay based subject and will develop students´ analytical and evaluative skills.
Style Of Assessment
This subject is assessed by exams, there is no coursework. Students will complete two modules each year and be examined at the end of the summer term.
Whose kind of course?
Anyone who has an interest in contemporary social and political affairs such as changes in society relating to marriage, divorce, educational policies, crime and deviance and belief systems.

Sociology studies society from different theoretical viewpoints and students will be required to compare and contrast these alternative perspectives in a balanced and informed manner. Students who enjoy discussion and debating will enjoy this subject. Students develop evaluative and analytical skills that are transferrable to many other subjects and careers.

Stretch and challenge – Aiming for the best grade.
Students are encouraged to research and further investigate all topics covered, using text books, documentaries, sociology websites and news and current affairs programmes. Attendance at sociology conferences is encouraged. Students improve their learning by engaging in their own primary research covering topics and methods they will be studying.
Career Prospects
Sociology forms the basis for training in many of the following fields: human resources, teaching, criminology, social work, armed forces, local government, health care and business management.
Psychology

Psychology is relevant for any career involving contact with people e.g. Social Work, Education, Advertising, Medicine, Business, management and specialisms in Psychology

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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: AS / A2
Exam Board: AQA
Requirements: GCSE 5 grade or better in Mathematics, English and Science
Course Content

AS: 1 year

Paper 1: Social influence, Memory, Attachment

Paper 2: Approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology, Research methods

 

A2: 2 years

Paper 1: Social influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology

Paper 2: Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, Research methods

 

Paper 3: Issues and debates in Psychology

Optional content: one from each option

Option 1:Relationships, Gender or Cognition and Development

Option 2:Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour or Stress

Option 3:Aggression, Forensic Psychology or Addiction

Style Of Assessment

AS: two papers, 1.5 hours each. The exams consist of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

 

At A-level: three papers. The exams last 2 hours and consist of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Whose kind of course?

Anyone interested in why people behave the way they do. Psychology is the scientific study of the Mind and Behaviour. Psychological theories and knowledge are based on relevant, accurate research and form the basis for practical applications that affect our lives in all areas of performance, for example in education, childcare, sport, medicine and the workplace.

 

Psychology develops skills of numeracy and literacy, and therefore combines well with science and arts/humanities subjects.

 

Stretch and challenge – Aiming for A*

 

• Wider reading or more in-depth independent research, and students are expected to feed back to peers

• The ability to analyze theories and research with respect to relevant issues, debates and approaches to psychology, and to understand research as a scientific process.

• The expertise in designing psychological research and applying statistical tests in order to analyze data.
Career Prospects
Psychology is relevant for any career involving contact with people e.g. Social Work, Education, Advertising, Medicine, Business, management and specialisms in Psychology
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