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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

24+ Loan Amount: 1987.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This well-established course looks at issues in the news and applies these to the basic ideas of democracy in the UK and the way the UK is governed, comparing them with the USA.  It also examines some of the political ideologies and political ideological ideas behind our contemporary political system, drawing upon historical events.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C/equivalent or above, including English at grade 5 and Maths at grade 4.

You should demonstrate a B grade profile in at least two other written subjects.

You will have an interview and initial assessment. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment. If you are successful, you will be allocated a place to study.

You should develop some willingness to explore the current political news in the UK and US and read around contemporary and historic political personalities and ideas.

Course Content

Component 1: Government and Politics of the UK and Component 2: Government and Politics of the USA and Comparative Politics

  • Democracy
  • Pressure Groups
  • Political and Ideological Ideas
  • Elections
  • Parliament/Congress
  • The Prime Minister and Cabinet/Executive
  • The Constitution
  • The Judiciary
  • Europe
  • Digital Democracy

Component 3: Political Ideologies

  • Conservatism
  • Liberalism
  • Socialism
  • Ecologism (this is negotiable and subject to change)

We also have visits and talks by prominent politicians.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is 100% by three essay-based examinations at the end of Year 2. There is no coursework or project element.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

It is advisable to look at AS Politics by Andrew Heywood (green 5th edition, 2015), although newer material is set for release.

It is also useful to look at Political Ideologies and Introduction to US Politics by Andrew Heywood and Anthony Bennett and his book US Government and Politics.

At this stage several new publications are due for imminent publishing and a textbook for each component will be recommended in class.

Access to the internet on a smart phone or tablet is also useful - but not compulsory - for Components 1 and 2 to enable additional reading.

What can I do after this course?

Careers 

  • Law - barrister or solicitor
  • Surveying - chartered surveying, land economy, general practice
  • Military/naval roles
  • Party political work
  • Lobbying
  • Banking and financial analysis
  • Pressure group work
  • Marketing/PR
  • Teaching
  • Lecturing
  • Civil Service

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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Emily Gray

Emily Gray

Peak Award Winner Emily now studying for master’s in Australia

Former Peak Award winner Emily Gray was motivated to achieve “more than she ever thought she was capable of” while studying for A levels at Derby College.   And, since leaving Joseph Wright Centre 10 years ago, she has quite literally gone a long way – to university in Melbourne, Australia, to take a Master of Education degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis.  
 
Now 27, Emily received a Peak Award for Academic Studies after performing well in her sociology, history and psychology A levels and EPQ, the Extended Project Qualification.   While on her psychology degree course at the University of Leeds, Emily embarked on a study year at Monash University in Melbourne.  
 
And, since graduating, she has taught English in Peru, volunteered and worked in Sri Lanka and travelled in Australia before settling in Melbourne with her partner.  
 
Currently studying for her master’s at Monash University, Emily also works as a site manager at a centre-based intervention service based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) for pre-school aged children on the autism spectrum.  
 
She ultimately wants to become a clinical psychologist or clinical director of an agency providing ABA.  
 
Commenting on her Peak Award in 2009, Emily added that it was “really unexpected and a huge honour.” She included the award in her CV and found it was “something she was able to talk about in interviews.”            

My lecturers were fantastic!  They were really passionate about their subject, particularly psychology lecturer Glyn Pickering, who motivated me and pushed me to achieve more than I thought I was capable of.


I also got great support at Derby College in applying for university and higher education. I was able to go on a residential trip to experience Oxford University, and received specialist and individual help with my application, personal statement and interview preparation.

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