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A Level Politics

Studying Politics at BSix
Politics is a subject in which you are expected to take an interest in, and to be critical about, the way in which this country is run, and more broadly the world around you. We study issues concerned with who really has power in the UK, and about how the system could be improved. In the A2 course we study ideologies such socialism, liberalism, conservatism, and anarchism, to come to conclusions about what an ideal society would look like - or perhaps to come to the conclusion that an ideal society is an unrealistic fantasy.

Specific questions we will be seeking to answer in the AS course include: Is the UK truly democratic? Why have political parties? Are there any major differences between David Cameron and Ed Miliband? Is it a problem that we have governments that most of us never voted for, and if so, what should we do about it? Are decisions sometimes made according to "who shouts loudest"? Does parliament run the country? Should it? Is the prime minister like an elected monarch? Are our civil rights protected?

What it's like studying politics...
Everyone has political opinions: the difference is that, on this course, you are expected to form well-informed and considered opinions, which many people don't have! This means that many lessons are discussion based. The course is delivered on the principle that students learn best when they are interested, we aim to make what we do both varied and relevant.

A typical essay questions in your exam might be:
"Has the Conservative Party abandoned Thatcherism?"

Beyond the classroom
We have a very active Student Union at BSix who involve themselves in various political campaigns for time to time. There is also a politics club as well as a debating club. If you are interested in progression to University, our Raising Aspirations team organise excellent speakers, events and university visits. If you wish to work more closely with a particular University during your time as a BSix student, you can apply to gain a place on one of our Hackney University Extension programmes. We are in partnership with many universities including several of the top ‘Russell group’ Universities such as Cambridge, Oxford, Kings and Queen Marys.

Progression
Students who study Government and Politics at A level might choose to continue this at degree level. Equally it is a useful subject for progression to study many other humanities related courses at university

Recommended reading
The news! Particularly newspapers and TV programmes which look at the deeper issues behind what is happening day to day.

If you have any questions about our courses please contact the Admissions team on 0800 3892 947 or via e-mail to info@bsix.ac.uk and we will arrange for a curriculum specialist to respond to your enquiry
Teachers
Rick Brown and Jamie Duff each have more than 5 years experience teaching politics, and have been very successful in terms of the results that their students have achieved. They also hope they have been successful in inspiring interest in the subject!
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