LINEAR A LEVEL COURSE CONTENT
There will be three units to study in total. Units 1 and part of Unit 2 will be completed in Year 12.
Unit 1 is titled The Government of the UK. It explores issues such as our Constitution, the role and structure of Parliament, the roles and power of the Prime Minister and cabinet, the Judiciary, political parties and pressure groups, the EU and Devolution, elections, referendums and participation.
Unit 2 is titled Government and Politics of the USA. It explores similar topics to Unit 1, but explores the difference between the structures and roles of Government in the USA, for examples the powers of Congress and the President. Civil Rights is also studied.
Unit 3 is titled Political Ideas. It explores the ideologies and values behind politics – Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism, Nationalism aswell as others.
GCSE 5 Grades 9 to 5 including English and Mathematics.
WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT THIS SUBJECT?
Government and Politics allows you to explore how our country really works – who is responsible for what, and how the people who we decide are going to govern us go about their job. Do you think that all politicians are liars? Are they all useless? Do ordinary citizens really have say? How much of an impact in society does politics have? Why do so few people seem to care about politics? Could you ever be Prime Minister? If you were, what values would you have and what things would you change? How does politics differ in the USA?
WHAT SKILLS WILL I DEVELOP?
You will develop a really deep understanding of the processes which lie behind how a massively complex country like ours operates. You will develop the ability to argue, debate and make judgements – to evaluate the rights and wrongs of political ideas and actions as you see them. You will develop an interest in current affairs – as the saying goes, “a week is a long time in politics”, and you will study politics in action to see the impact that it has. The subject values opinions, literacy, constructing arguments, an interest in History and Society, and defending your position when under attack. It will fit well with other Social Sciences subjects like Sociology and Law.
IS THERE ANY COURSEWORK OR CONTROLLED ASSESSMENTS?
This course has no controlled assessment – it’s all exam based.
HOW MANY EXAMS DO I HAVE TO TAKE AND WHEN DO I TAKE THEM?
There will be 3 exams, all taken at the end of Year 13. They all last 2 hours. They are all essay based.
Each exam deals with each of the 3 units described above.
WHAT MIGHT STUDYING THIS COURSE LEAD TO?
Government and Politics has strong links to other courses, especially other Social Science subjects such as Sociology and Law, aswell as History and Economics. It is an academic subject which is valued at University level and would be advantageous if you are thinking of taking PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) at degree level, or any of the subjects already mentioned. Students interested in this area often find themselves working within Politics, the civil service, and government and public services.