Government & Politics A-Level Course


Introduction to Government & Politics


QUALIFICATION: AQA - AS & A-LEVEL IN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

Politics is a subject that both unites and divides people. Often, it unites us in things that affect us such as health, education, war, peace and law and order, but divides us when faced with questions on how to deal with these things in practise. If you like to debate and have an interest in current affairs or like to work in fast changing environment, Government and Politics are subjects for you.


Teaching & Assessment


Year 12
AS Unit 1 Examination: People, Politics and Participation.
1 hour 30 minutes written examination.
50% of AS level.
AS Unit 2 Examination: Governing Modern Britain.
1 hour 30 minutes written examination.
50% of AS level.

Year 13
A-Level Unit 1 Examination: People, Politics and Participation.
1 hour 30 minutes written examination.
25% of AS level.
A-Level Unit 2 Examination: Governing Modern Britain.
1 hour 30 minutes written examination.
25% of AS level.
A-Level Unit 3 Examination: The Politics of the USA or Ideologies.
1 hour 30 minutes written examination.
25% of AS level.
A-Level Unit 4 Examination: The Government of the USA or Political Issues: Ideologies in action.
1 hour 30 minutes written examination.
25% of AS level.


Vocational Progression


A university degree in a politics or a related subject.
Many good jobs await including: Politics; Law; Accountancy; Business Management; Teaching; Publishing; Journalism;
International Law; Social Administration and Social Policy.


Course Structure


Year 12


Unit 1 – People, Politics and Participation.
Political behaviour in the UK.
Patterns forms of participation in a democracy.
Voting, electoral systems and referendums.
Unit 2 – Governing Modern Britain.
The process of governing the UK from local to European level.
Britain’s unique constitution.
The process of government and balancing individual rights and the power of the state.
The role of Westminster.
Where does the real power lie?


Year 13


Unit 1 – People, Politics and Participation.
As above
Unit 2 – Governing Modern Britain.
As above
Unit 3 – The Politics of the USA or Ideologies
Synoptic unit
Unit 4 – The Government of the USA or Political Issues: Ideologies in action.
Synoptic unit.