Government & Politics
We study Edexcel Government and Politics
The course is assessed in 4 units. At AS, Units 1 and 2 examine British Politics looking at how power is shared and the system of British Government. At A2, we examine American political issues and the US system of government.
In Year 12 students sit two written papers that each constitute 50% of the total AS marks and 25% of the A level. In Year 13 students sit two written papers that constitutes 50% of the total A level.
|Year 12||Democracy / Elections / Political Parties / Electoral Behaviour
The Constitution / Prime Minister / Parliament / The Judiciary and Civil Liberties.
|Year 13||Core Political Ideas ( Conservatism, Liberalism, & Socialism)
Non-Core Political Ideas ( Anarchism)
Sovereignty and globalisation, global governance: political and economic, global governance:human rights and environmental, power and developments, regionalism and the European
Union, comparative theories.
Studying Government and Politics will help you understand who holds power and how governments make decisions. Essentially, it is a subject which is relevant to everyone as it examines issues of social importance – such as health, education, crime, war and peace and the economy. Government and Politics is also a subject which provokes debate in that there is inevitably disagreement about how to deal with these issues and the challenges they raise. A-level Government and Politics enables students to develop their critical thinking skills and enhance their ability to interpret, evaluate and comment on the nature of politics. Practically, studying politics will help you develop an informed voice in society and the A-level has been designed to help you understand the significance of current events you see in the news.
Government and Politics is a popular A-level choice which is very well respected by all universities. It complements subjects such as History, English and Philosophy and Ethics and will give you the knowledge and skills necessary for higher education. By end of the course you will learn how to investigate, evaluate data and explain a range of views. Students who specialise in Government and Politics at university can go on to become journalists, political researchers, teachers, Members of Parliament and civil servants.
Congratulations to our Year 13 students on achieving 67% A*-C
Congratulations to our Year 13 students on achieving 83% A*-C
Andrew Heywood, Essentials of UK politics