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Government and Politics

 

Studying Government and Politics at Kent College

Government and Politics is a fascinating and constantly changing subject that challenges students' ideas about how democracy works, both in theory and practice.

By studying this subject students will learn about how government is organised in the UK in theory and how politics actually works in practice. Students are asked to cast a critical eye over what they learn to form arguments for and against particular viewpoints.

At 18, students leave school and immediately become part of the electorate. In 2016, the electorate was asked, through the mechanism of a referendum, to vote on whether the UK should remain in the EU. The decision will affect the UK for generations to come. The study of Government and Politics allows people to make informed decisions rather than basing their vote on rhetoric and media influence. We are all subject to the constitution of this country, but how many of us really understand the difference between codified and uncodified constitutions? These are only two examples out of hundreds that allow students to become educated and responsible citizens after studying Government and Politics.

Skills in research are crucial and students are required to engage in independent study. They are encouraged to challenge their own beliefs and to develop skills of empathy and persuasive argument as well as a sense that arguments must be balanced before conclusions are made. Students learn how to structure and write compelling essays. The expectation is that students develop an extensive knowledge of current affairs and build up real life examples that they can apply to understanding their own lives and to relate to issues in other subjects.

The subject would suit anyone with an interest in current affairs who is keen to learn more. Students need to be prepared to stay up-to-date using multiple online sources of news, podcasts, and documentaries and to be prepared to discuss politics and to listen and try to understand others' views.

Course structure and examinations

Component 1: UK Politics

Written examination: 2 hours

33% of the qualification

84 marks

Content overview

  • Democracy and participation
  • Political parties
  • Electoral systems
  • Voting behaviour and the media
  • Liberalism
  • Conservatism
  • Socialism

Component 2: UK Government

 

Written examination: 2 hours

33% of the qualification

84 marks

Content overview

  • Constitution
  • Parliament
  • Prime Minister
  • The Executive
  • Relationships between branches of government
  • Multiculturalism

Component 3: Comparative Politics - Global

Written examination: 2 hours

33% of the qualification

84 marks

Content overview

  • Sovereignty and globalisation
  • Global governance: political and economic systems
  • Global governance: human rights and environmental
  • Power and developments
  • Regionalism and the European Union
  • Comparative Theories

 

Examination results in Government and Politics at Kent College are impressive with many students choosing to pursue degrees in Politics, or with a Politics subsidiary at top UK universities. Politics students at KC have been praised for their ability to effectively debate information, write analytically and understand the major issues affecting the United Kingdom today. We expect great things from our Politics graduates. Any of the current current students would be delighted to talk to you about the course, and what you can expect from it. Otherwise, please feel free to come and speak to me at any time with any questions you may have.

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