Sigma Sixth Tendring Course Guide

A LEVEL GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS “In politics nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you bet it was planned that way” Franklin D Roosevelt Government and Politics address ‘the art of the possible’. How and why do the people with power over us achieve their goals? How possible is it for us to bring about change to the system? This course develops understanding of the main political ideas, issues and institutions which shape our world. The course begins with an introduction to the UK political system inviting students to explore, investigate and evaluate the people and institutions that govern us. Students then move onto key political concepts and ideas as well as a comparative study of US politics, examining aspects such as the presidential system, the constitution and race and ethnicity. You will also develop a range of transferable analytical, debating and communication skills - all of which are valuable in a wide range of careers. CURRICULUM STATEMENT The course is 100% based on three examination papers at the end of year 13. Students will study the following topics during the course: • What it is like to be part of the political system. • How politics is undertaken in the country we live in. • How politics is different in the US compared to the UK. COURSE CONTENT Students need to have achieved a minimum of 6 grades 5-9 incl. English and maths. ENTRY CRITERIA