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A Level in Government and Politics

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Details

The course is designed to give you a well rounded knowledge of the subject and to give you the ability to carry on your studies at a higher level. At Level 3 you are not required to have any previous knowledge of the subject, as the materials will take you from no previous knowledge up to Level 3. For Level 5/HND subjects you will be required to have studied at Level 3 or above before enrolment.
Suitable for: SUITABLE FOR: This course is suitable for all students over the age of 17. Students can study on this course no matter where you are in the World. The course is made up of various units and each build up your knowledge base of the subject. Courses are all delivered in English.

The Course
We offer this full A- Level course in Government and Politics. By the end of your course, your knowledge and awareness of the world around you and of current affairs should be significantly enhanced. You should also have developed your ability to analyse information and to communicate detailed and complex arguments effectively.

Government and Politics is a dynamic and ever-changing subject, and it is essential that you are familiar with contemporary issues, developments and debates. A-Level examinations in this subject will ask some questions specifically designed to assess if candidates are following contemporary politics by reading the different newspapers and following current affairs programmes on radio and television. Having an interest and knowledge in such matters is a major advantage to studying this subject.

However, knowledge of current affairs is not sufficient alone, and you need to absorb and digest lots of information while studying this course. Wider reading is always advised, not only of the recommended course textbook, but also of other books which can be recommended by your course tutor.

It will be difficult to do well in the end of course examinations if you cannot include relevant important examples in your answer. Candidates who do not read a quality newspaper or listen to or watch current affairs programmes can only hope to obtain a high grade if they have quite extraordinary knowledge, and even then are unlikely to do as well as candidates who read newspapers and who follow the news and current affairs programmes on radio and television.

Format of Course
From 2008 onwards, Government & Politics, like most A-Levels, is altering its format and reducing the number of units/modules from 6 to 4. This means that there are two units to be studied at AS Level (1 and 2), and two units to be studies at A2 Level (3 and 4).

The course is therefore divided into four papers or modules, two at AS Level and two at A2 Level. At AS Level, Paper One is entitled 'People and Politics 'while Paper Two is entitled 'Governing the UK'. At A2 Level, Paper Three is entitled 'UK Political Issues' and Paper Four is called 'EU Political Issues'.

Each module is presented separately and is clearly highlighted within the course notes. The content of the modules have references to the textbook and carefully selected websites for wider student research and reading. Key words are highlighted and explained throughout, and there are regular tasks and questions throughout each module to assess and check that learning has taken place. At the end of each module there is a formal tutor-marked assessment which, when completed, should be sent to your tutor, via e-mail or conventional post.

All of the information within the units is written in line with the requirements of the Edexcel examination board specification and the demands of the examination. All units are broken down into clear subject topics, and students should spend the amount of time studying for each topic as advised by their course tutor. Each topic module has been written for ease of understanding and topic coverage may be of different length and difficulty depending on the level of detail and information required. You will need to study the modules in the sequence provided.

This course focuses on British and European politics. At AS Level the focus is on learning about key British political institutions and organisations, while A2 develops key political issues and links British politics in with the increasingly significant European Union. The AS and A2 modules link together and assessment is all done by examination as there is no coursework option.

Like most academic subjects at A-Level, Government & Politics has a distinct language and terminology all of its own. You are expected not only to recognise and understand these terms in examination papers, but use them correctly in your answers. If you have problems remembering terms it is a good idea to write them on index cards or to develop a file of key words as you go along in order to help you learn them.

AS Level

Unit One - People & Politics (One hour 20 minutes)

Topics/Modules included on Unit One:

  • The different types of democracy
  • Electoral systems and electoral reform
  • The changing party system and recent General Elections
  • Referendums
  • Political Parties
  • Pressure Groups

Format:
You must answer two questions from a choice of four. Each question is split into three parts - a, b and c. The amount of marks for each section is 5, 10 and 25 respectively, equalling 40 in total. The amount of marks available means that each section should contain more content than the previous part.

Given that you must answer two questions in the time given, you are therefore allocated 40 minutes to answer a question worth 40 marks. This calculates to one minute per mark and each section can be broken down by time as follows:

Section A - 5 minutes
Section B - 10 minutes
Section C - 25 minutes

Unit Two - Governing the UK (One hour 20 minutes)

Topics/Modules included on Unit Two:

  • The UK Constitution and constitutional reform
  • Parliamentary and political sovereignty
  • Parliament
  • The Executive
  • The Judiciary

Format:
You must again answer two questions from a choice of four. However, on this unit, the paper is split into Section A and Section B. Section A features a choice from two comprehension style (stimulus response) questions where the student must read through a political article or extract and then answer one of the questions, again broken down into sections a, b and c. Section B is similar to Unit One in that you have a choice of two questions with sections a, b and c. All questions on this unit are worth 40 marks.

Like Unit One, you are therefore allocated 40 minutes to answer a question worth 40 marks. This calculates to one minute per mark and each section can be broken down by time as follows:

Section A - 5 minutes
Section B - 10 minutes
Section C - 25 minutes

* However, you must also calculate sufficient reading time for Section A.

AS total examining time- 2 hours 40 minutes (50% of full A Level)

A2 LEVEL

Unit Three - Key Themes in Political Analysis

Unit 3A - UK Political Issues (One hour 30 minutes)

Topics/Modules included on Unit Three:

  • Economic Policy
  • Social Welfare, Health and Education
  • Law, Order and Criminal Justice
  • Environmental Policy

Format:
The Unit is split into Section A and Section B. In Section A, you must answer three questions from a selection of five. Each question should be written in a mini-essay style format and is not broken down into sections (different from AS Level). All of the topics covered on this unit will be featured in this section. As you have 45 minutes for this section, you are advised to spend 15 minutes per question. This calculates to one minute per mark.

In Section B you can choose one long essay question from a choice of three. There are 45 minutes available to answer the question of your choice, and the choice will derive from any three of the subjects covered in this unit.

Unit 4A - EU Political Issues (One hour 30 minutes)

Topics/Modules included on Unit Four:

  • Impact of the EU on the UK
  • European Integration
  • EU Institutions and Their Relationships
  • Domestic Policy Issues

Format (exactly the same as Unit 3A):
The Unit is split into Section A and Section B. In Section A, you must answer three questions from a selection of five. Each question should be written in a mini-essay style format and is not broken down into sections (different from AS Level). All of the topics covered on this unit will be featured in this section. As you have 45 minutes for this section, you are advised to spend 15 minutes per question. This calculates to one minute per mark.

In Section B you can choose one long essay question from a choice of three. There are 45 minutes available to answer the question of your choice, and the choice will derive from any three of the subjects covered in this unit.

A2 total examining time- 3 hours (50% of full A Level)

Total A-Level examining time- 5 hours 40 minutes (Please note there is no coursework involved).

Each unit is worth 25% of the total marks for the entire A-Level.

Assessment in Government & Politics AS/A2 Level
Once you have understood what you are going to study on the course, it is important to know how you are going to be assessed.

In AS Government and Politics the assessment of the subject and the relevant skills needed is divided into 3 parts:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of relevant institutions, processes, political concepts, theories and debates.

    (50% of the marks).
  2. Analyse and evaluate political information, arguments and explanations and identify parallels, connections, similarities and differences between aspects of the political systems studied.

    (30% of the marks).
  3. Construct and communicate coherent arguments making use of a range of appropriate political vocabulary.

    (20% of the marks).

In A2 Government & Politics, the skills balance changes to reflect greater difficulty:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of relevant institutions, processes, political concepts, theories and debates.

    (30% of the marks).
  2. Analyse and evaluate political information, arguments and explanations and identify parallels, connections, similarities and differences between aspects of the political systems studied.

    (50% of the marks).
  3. Construct and communicate coherent arguments making use of a range of appropriate political vocabulary.

    (20% of the marks).

* There are more marks for recalling knowledge and information at AS Level, while there are more marks for analysis and evaluation at A2 Level.

Entry Requirements
Basic English reading and writing skills, as full tutor support is given.

Study Hours
Variable by student commitment.

Qualification
AS/A2 - A level in Government & Politics. Both AS and A2 level courses and examinations must be successfully completed to gain a full A level.

Specification: Edexcel (AS) 6GP01 and Edexcel (A2) 6GP02

International
If you are based outside the UK, it may be possible to sit your examination through your local British Council, depending on your location. Please contact the examination board EDEXCEL for details on examination centres in your country.

Additional Information

Book List

AS:
Edexcel Government & Politics for AS, Neil McNaughton (3rd ed. Hodder, 2010)

A2:
Specific books are required for each module and these will be identified by your course tutor. The recommended AS textbook is a good background read for the entire course.

What's Included
Learning documentation, Online Resources and Tutor support for 2 years.

Course Fee
£315.00

Payment by Instalments
Students are able to pay course fees in monthly instalments. Click here to download our instalment plan.

Further Information
Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

Please note that included in your course fee is your registration to the On Campus student community, and a licence to print your study materials.

Please note that the licence is for one print only, so please ensure that you have enough paper and ink to print the full course materials if required.

You will require having one of the following packages to access your On Campus area:

  • Windows:Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 - Acrobat Reader 4.0 and above
  • Macintosh:Mac OS X, Mac OS 9.2 - Acrobat Reader 4.0 and above

In the student 'On Campus' you are also able to take part in the student chat room and forums as part of our online student community.

After enrolling online you will receive your username and password to access the On Campus area within 5 working days. You will also receive your personal Oxford Learning student number via email.

Students are required to arrange and pay for their examinations and manage the course work element if the subject requires this. Students must check the relevant examination board website for further information and final examination sitting dates for the specification.

Materials and support provided by Oxford Learning.

Conditions

Thanks to this offer, valid exclusively for one person, you will obtain an A Level in Government and Politics Online Course.

How to register

By buying the course in Emagister Express, you will obtain an access coupon. We will send you the codes and keys to the coupon. Send the coupon code and the key to contact@oxfordcollege.ac. The training provider will then give you access to the course.

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