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Government and Politics

Mr M Goss – Assistant Director of Sixth Form                                                          

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A Level Government and Politics is offered to students in KS5 as either an AS or full A2 program of study.

Government & Politics will appeal to those students who like to express their opinion on how society is governed, and who like to debate the issues that affect their daily lives.

Students will learn to develop a crucial understanding of the nature of politics and how political ideas are related to the institutions that carry out the key processes of government.

The Government and Politics course followed at Hugh Christie is the Edexcel specification.

 

Course Information and Assessment

AS Level

Unit 1: People and Politics (25% of total GCE mark)

This unit considers the nature of democracy, the role of political parties, the workings of the electoral system and the influence of pressure groups

Assessment: 1 hour 20 minutes (Two structured questions from a choice of four)

Unit 2: Governing the UK (25% of total GCE mark)

This unit considers the nature of the UK constitution, Parliament, the role of the Prime Minister and the judiciary

Assessment: 1 hour 20 minutes (One stimulus-based question from a choice of two and one extended question from a choice of two)

A2 Level

Unit 3: Representative Processes in the USA (25% of total GCE mark)

Assessment: 1 hour 30 minutes (Three short answer questions from a choice of five and one essay question from a choice of three)

Unit 4: Governing the USA (25% of total GCE mark)

Assessment: 1 hour 30 minutes (Three short answer questions from a choice of five and one essay question from a choice of three)

Learning Methods

The study and debate of current affairs will be a key learning method throughout the course, and therefore students are encouraged to keep up to date with relevant news stories. There will also be opportunities for students to engage in a range of activities exploring UK and US political models.

Progression

Students with AS or A Level Government & Politics have access to a broad range of potential career and higher education opportunities. Most students will go on to study Politics or other Social Science subjects at degree level. The transferable skills gained throughout the course are all in great demand from employers and universities.
 

For more information please contact Mr Goss on 01732853232 Ex. 249 or email at mgoss@tonbrigefederation.co.uk