Government and Politics is the study of people, politics and participation as well as how the UK and other nation-states are governed and the ideologies that underpin many of the political decisions made today. We deliver the A Level qualification under the Pearson/EdExcel examination board.
The course is designed to encourage students to develop their critical thinking skills and enhance their ability to interpret, evaluate and comment on the nature of politics. Students acquire knowledge of the structures of authority and power within the political system of the United Kingdom and are encouraged to think and debate more widely about how other political systems may differ.
The AS syllabus comprises:
Participation and voting behaviour
Pressure Groups and Protest Movements
The British Constitution
The Core Executive
The A2 syllabus comprises of:
Students will study the AQA Examination Board specification 1151 (AS) and 2151 (A2)
Component 1 (11/2 hours)
Unit 2 (11/2 hours)
Paper 1 (2 hours) – UK Politics and core political ideas
Paper 2 (2 hours) – UK Government and non-core political ideas
Paper 3 (2 hours) – Comparative politics – Global politics
This course is a good choice for students considering a career in the professions, or those who simply want to understand how the world works. Politics complements Economics, History, Sociology and English but also combines well with Science based students, giving them a broader perspective on the world. Students should be interested in current affairs, maintaining a wide knowledge of society and political issues through watching TV programmes, news bulletins and documentaries and also newspapers and relevant magazines.
This course is suitable for students who aspire to a management position in their future career or who have a genuine interest in the issues surrounding society’s use of the resources available to it. The course provides the basis for future progression to a variety of politics and humanities degrees and also provides breadth and develops evaluative skills for students aspiring to a degree course in a different subject discipline. The qualification is well regarded by employers at post-18 with Government and Politics students typically acquiring employment with a political party or in areas such as journalism, local government, civil service and law.