Government & Politics

Course Summary:

Government and Politics at OSFC is the study of power; who has it and why. On this course you will develop the ability to interpret political information and hone your analytical skills by evaluating political knowledge. You will look to create careful and considered arguments about who has the power and authority to make significant political decisions. You will also study traditional political ideologies in depth focusing on Liberalism, Socialism and Conservatism and their very different perceptions on the state, the economy, freedom and the individual. Building on this you will explore other more recent political traditions such as Feminism, Ecologism and nationalism and consider the foundations and objectives of these alternative ideologies. You will be supported by experienced tutors to understand politics more clearly and you will be given the opportunity to visit political arenas such as Parliament and local councils.

Higher Education Destinations:

  • Manchester Metropolitan University – Law
  • The University of Leeds – International Relations
  • The University of Central Lancashire – Policing and Criminal investigation
  • The University of Sheffield- History and Politics
  • The University of Salford- ontemporary History and Politics

Career destinations:

  • Education
  • Journalist
  • Member of Parliament
  • Local Government
  • Think Tanks

Entry Requirements:

A grade 4 or above in GCSE English Language is desirable.

Assessment Method:

100% exam

Enrichment:

The department runs regular workshops to assist students with their studies, help prepare them for exams and advise them on university applications.

Student Case Studies:

Samar Alam

Samar Alam

“Politics has enabled me to learn a lot about that the world that we live in, not only was it completely new to me but I went from having minimal interest in the subject to it being my favourite at sixth form. The teachers in the politics department go the extra mile to make sure students do their best and also make lessons really enjoyable.”

Samar is planning to go on to study Law at university when she finishes College