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A Level Government & Politics

UK Open College Ltd
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Length: 700 hours
Price: 399 GBP
Location: Distance

A Level Government & Politics

A Level Government & Politics - 300-hour distance learning course by UK Open College

A Level Government & PoliticsStudy for your A Levels next to the training specialists at UK Open College. This A Level Government & Politics course uses applications of theory, relevant information and examples to prepare you for the A Levels exams. Depending on the study pace you choose, fast or regular track, you'll get a tailored training package that meets your needs and fits perfectly around your schedule. Distance learning by UK Open College helps you take the next steps in your education or career in the most flexible and effective way.

Politics shapes our lives – what we can do, the type of society we live in, the chances we have to succeed. This course is for people who want to understand more about how politics and government actually work. You will learn about the grand ideas and vibrant movements that are transforming the world around us, and also see how seemingly arcane customs and obscure committees hold enormous power. In summary, this course explains ‘the rules’ of how politics works and looks at how people and politicians operate within – and bend – these rules. Both sections are examined in two ninety-minute written exams. To excel, you will need to put aside any preconceptions about politics and keep your eyes open to the world around you – the things you’ll learn about in this course are happening all around you, every day.

Suitability - Who should attend?

It is generally recommended that candidates have attained grade C or higher in English Language and Literature at GCSE level.

However, as full tutor support is provided the minimum entry requirements are an ability to read and write in English with some fluency.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Successful candidates who complete all programme requirements are awarded an A Level Certificate from AQA.

Training Course Content

This training course is designed to cover the following key topics:

AS Level

Unit 1: GOVP1 People, Politics and Participation

This unit focuses on the theme of political behaviour in the UK. It explores how people's different patterns of participation can be explained and the forms of participation in a democracy.

The importance of voting behaviour, the influence of electoral systems in communicating political opinion and the controversies surrounding the use of referendums are crucial topics for analysis.

The principal institutions through which people's participation is achieved: political parties and pressure groups, are explored in terms of communicating views, shaping people's political ideas and the acquisition of resources which are likely to make them more powerful within the wider political system.

• Participation and voting behaviour

 • Electoral systems

• Political parties

• Pressure groups and protest movement

Unit 2: GOVP2 Governing Modern Britain

This unit focuses on the process of governing the UK, with power dispersed from local to European levels. The extent to which Britain's unique constitution regulates the process of government and maintains the balance between individual rights and the power of the state is explored.

The role of Westminster in providing a democratic element in government is examined as well as the degree to which power rests in the hands of unelected bureaucrats. The direction which government takes is analysed at the very apex of power in arrangements within the core executive.

Academic controversies are assessed in terms of the focus on the key issue of how Britain is governed

• The British constitution

• Parliament

• The core executive

• Multi-level governance

Unit 3: GOV3A - The Politics of the USA

At A2 there is a requirement for synoptic assessment and, in this unit, it is expected that students will draw upon and extend the political knowledge, skills and conceptual understanding gained from their AS studies and make the necessary connections between the areas studied. In the assessment of this unit credit will be given for appropriate references to contemporary developments, issues and debates in the areas covered.

• The electoral process and direct democracy

• Political parties

• Voting Behaviour

• Pressure groups  

Unit 4: GOV4A - The Government of the USA


At A2 there is a requirement for synoptic assessment and, in this unit, it is expected that students will draw upon and extend the political knowledge, skills and conceptual understanding gained from their AS studies and make the necessary connections between the areas studied. In the assessment of this unit credit will be given for appropriate references to contemporary developments, issues and debates in the areas covered.

• The constitutional framework of US government

• The legislative branch of government: US Congress

• The executive branch of government

• The judicial branch of government: the supreme court

Expenses

The cost of this training course is £399 per candidate. Flexible payment plans are available.

Provider: UK Open College Ltd

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