As Harold Wilson famously said; "A week is a long time in Politics", which makes it a fantastic subject to study to A-level.
It is fast paced, exciting and there are no right or wrong answers only what you are able to argue convincingly! If you enjoy engaging with current affairs and political issues and are interested in who wields power and influence in our modern world then Government and Politics is the subject for you.
Why Government & Politics?
Politics will be a new subject to the majority of you and is therefore an opportunity to study something fresh and new. Studying politics will give you an insight into the way the world around you works at local national and European levels. You will be encouraged to debate and discuss, critically analyse and present arguments both orally and through essay writing, these skills are essential whether you decide to go into Higher Education or a career after A-Levels. As part of the Government and Politics course we visit Parliament for a tour and to meet with our local MP and visit the Supreme Court. The Government and Politics Department also leads an enrichment visit to Washington and New York where students visit UN Headquarters, The White House, Congress, the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court.
Any special requirements?
The course involves a great deal of reading, note-taking and essay writing so you must feel confident in these skills. An enquiring mind and a determination to work hard are essential, as is an interest in current affairs in order to appreciate the broad impact of politics.
What will I study?
Unit 1; People, Politics and Participation; Elections and Voting Behaviour, Political Participation and Pressure Groups.
Unit 2; Governing Modern Britain; The Institutions of Government, the British Constitution, the Houses of Parliament, the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Supreme Court.
Unit 3; The Politics of the USA; Primaries, Caucuses and General Elections, Voting Behaviour and Pressure Groups and PACs.
Unit 4; The Government of the USA; The American Constitution and the Federal System of Government, The President and Federal Bureaucracy and Congress.
How will I be assessed?
We follow the AQA Specification and there is no coursework element, you will be required to take 2 exams at AS and 2 exams at A2. Students sit exams in June and each exam is worth 25% of your final A-Level Grade.
If you would like further information about this subject please contact the Head of Government & Politics, Miss E Smith at:
Queens Road West
T 01254 232 992
F 01254 355 215