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    What did you do on this course? Is it good? Do you need to know alot about politics to do it?
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    I've just finished AQA AS Government and Politics, the course is really interesting.
    The course is structure is as follows.....
    AQA ONLY
    Module 1 - Elecotral systems and Voting Behaviour. In this unit you study the many ways you can vote and how votes are calculated into seats in the House of Commons, the advantages and disadvantages of those, the impact they would have in the UK and real life uses. Voting Behaviour is self explanatory. You learn about how each socio-economic groups vote, ethnic minorites, gender, age etc and the reasons for this.
    For example, Why do older people tend to vote for the Conservative Party?

    Module 2 - Parties and pressure Groups. Here you study the ideologies of the Labour and Conservative party, brief history of the parties and their policies. You also are taught how the leaders are chosen and their eleciton performance post 1945. You may touch a bit on the Liberal Democrats but they are not really included in Specification (Because they're loosers! haha).
    Pressure Groups are groups that want to influence government policy but not necessarily want to govern and change policy in practise.
    Examples of pressure groups would be... Trade Unions, Country Side Alliance and GreenPeace.

    Module 3 - Features of a Representive Democracy. This module is absolutley huge, but I believe they're cutting it down for 2006 candidates.
    Here you get to learn how Parliament works, from the house of commons to the house of lords. Government is taught here along with powers of the PM, Quangos, local government and councils. The E.U is also taught very briefly.

    I found the course very enjoyable and it has enhanced my knowledge considerabley. It informs you of what Politics is really about (Nasty game!).
    The most interesting part for me what Module 2. Labours so called "Socialism" and Conservatives ideologies were very interesting.

    You don't necessarily need to know a lot about Politics.
    Well.... Politics is a massive subject.
    Government and Politics allows you to understand how Politics actually works in the UK.

    I would advise to keep upto date with current affairs, thats the only requirement. Not much previous knowledge is required, but you must have an interest in the subject or else it can become very boring.
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    do it!! It seemed very hard to begin with but once u get to grips with it its really good IMO. But yeh - it helps if your interested in politics but that isnt essential.
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    I did AQA AS politics this year and got an A, i found it pretty easy. Unit 1 electoral systems and voting behaviour is the easiest unit, most of my class got A's in that unit with my mate and I getting full marks on it. Unit 2 and 3 are pretty straightforward though unit 3 is pretty boring because there's so much on it like europe which i hate.
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    I did Edexcel AS this year as I refused point blank to do General Studies.

    You can wing it very easily....

    Interesting too..
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    I did Edexcel, and got a solid A in it at A-level. It was my favorite subject.

    The good thing about Edexcel is that there are four seperate 'routes' for A2; British Politics, American Politics, Political Philosophy, and International Relations - so your teachers can choose to follow a route which reflects their areas of expertise, meaning that you have generally better teaching.

    You don't have to know anything about Politics at the beginning, the other students taking the course (as well as most of the teachers) are quite likely to be a bunch of 'individuals' (nutcases), and it has more of a capacity for wild tangents than any other subject.

    Many of our lessons descended into vague games of abstract word association, with the class and teacher boucing more and more random ideas off of each other. It is, overall, interesting and a bit of a laugh. What more could you need?
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    Double lessons on constitutional issues can be a pain though... it isn't easy to wing it though, as Dreama said - to do well in the exam you need specialised vocabulary etc. and for A2 (if you're planning on going on) then you'll need ability to analyse/discern/explain (all the rest of that rubbish ) pretty well. I enjoyed it, but only the bits that were not deadly boring...
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    It's great! Go for it, I love Gov & Pol, and got an A this year.
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    (Original post by Acting_Fr3ak)
    What did you do on this course? Is it good? Do you need to know alot about politics to do it?
    If you're at all interested in Politics then do it, I enjoyed it a lot for the most part. I did Edexcel, got a solid A at AS then thought I'd done alright at the A2 but ended up with a B. Although there are a number of different routes the course can take I'd definitely recommend it.
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    I'd go for it! I would have loved to do Politics but you can't at my school...
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    I did it, got an A in it for AS. (89, 100, 88) It's not difficult. If you're good at History you'll find it very easy.
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    Isn't anyone else doing AQA Government and Politics?

    For A2 we have to do the Politics of Northen Ireland... Boring!!!!!

    Edexcel's specification looks a lot more interesting.
 
 
 
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