Higher Politics will develop your knowledge and understanding of how different political ideologies, systems and parties resolve the timeless pursuit of power authority and legitimacy. Its theoretical perspective enables you to identify explore and analyse political issues in order to develop your own views and perspectives.
National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications, accredited by the SQA, are typically studied at high school and college. These qualifications act as pathways to further study including university entry. Edinburgh College offers a selection of subjects at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher level on a part time basis. You may choose to study up to two subjects.
For classes taking place during the day you come to college twice a week for a two hour class. For evening classes you come to college or an outreach location within the community once a week for a 3 hour class.
Course Fees: £275 (approx.) per subject. Fees will be confirmed when application has been processed.
- Politics: Political Theory - you will use a range of sources of information to evaluate different political ideologies and political concepts. You will draw on theoretical and conceptual knowledge and understanding of political ideologies and political concepts
- Politics: Political Systems - you will use a range of sources of information to compare different political systems. You will draw on knowledge and understanding of different political systems
- Politics: Political Parties and Elections - you will analyse a range of electoral data to evaluate factors which contribute to the electoral performance of UK political parties. You will also draw on knowledge and understanding of the complex factors that contribute to the electoral performance of UK political parties.
How Course Is Assessed:
- To gain the award of the course you must pass all of the Units as well as the course assessment. All units are internally assessed and this can be on a unit-by-unit basis or by combined assessment
- For the course assessment you will draw on extend and apply the skills knowledge and understanding you have acquired during the course. This will be assessed by a question paper and an assignment. The question paper will require you to demonstrate a breadth of skills knowledge and understanding from across the course. The assignment will require you to extend and apply your skills knowledge and understanding and will be sufficiently open and flexible to allow for personalisation and choice.
Number of Days per week:
- 4 hours across 2 days per week
- You should have achieved a minimum of two A/B passes at National 5/Intermediate 2 level which should include English and a social subject.
Applicants must demonstrate the ability to work at an appropriate level by having already achieved a pass at A or B in the level below which they are applying for.
- National 5 (SCQF 5) subjects - pass at National 4 (with added value unit), Intermediate 1 at A or B, or Standard Grade 3 or 4 in the subject.
- Higher (SCQF 6) subjects - A or B pass at National 5 or A or B at Intermediate 2 in the subject.
- Advanced Higher (SCQF 7) subjects - A or B pass at Higher
- For entry to social science subjects such as Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, History and Politics previous study of the subject is not required. However National 5 English is required plus another social subject at SCQF level 5.
The above represents the minimum entry requirements.
These courses are challenging and require the ability to study independently. Applicants should identify clearly the reason for studying their chosen subject in their course application.
English Proficiency Requirements:
- You may be able to progress onto a variety of HNC/D courses or university with Higher Politics and other relevant qualifications.
Fees - Information about funding can be found here
Fee: £260 Open Learning open-learning (year 1)
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