Exam Board Entry Requirements Subject Leader
Edexcel Grade 6 or above in history or 6 in English literature at GCSE Mrs K Ladly

With the world facing an unprecedented series of crises and challenges, the issues of government and politics are at the forefront of all of our lives. The Campion Politics department aims to inspire students to engage with current affairs and to develop an understanding of the structures and processes which determine so many of the key issues in the UK and beyond.

From Brexit to Trump, Corbyn to Clinton, the course allows students to analyse and debate how politics functions in the UK and the US and the role we have in determining decision making. As young people about to reach voting age, students will also learn about competing ideologies and the arguments behind the political parties which seek to govern.

Paper 1: UK Politics and Core Political Ideas

Democracy

Political Parties

Electoral Systems

Voting behaviour and the media

Core Ideologies: Conservatism, Liberalism, Socialism

 

Paper 2: UK Government and Non-Core Political Ideas

The Constitution

Parliament

The Prime Minister and the Executive

Relations between institutions – UK Supreme Court, the EU, Parliament and the Executive

Non-Core ideology: Feminism

 

Paper 3: Comparative Politics, USA

US Constitution and Federalism

Congress

President

Supreme Court and civil rights

Democracy and Participation

Comparative theories

Assessment

Exams will focus on evaluative essays and analysis of political information. The US Politics paper will also include a comparative element focusing on the differences and similarities within the USA and the UK.

3 x 2 hours examinations

Progression into Higher Education/Vocational Destinations

Studying A Level Government and Politics will allow students to develop vital skills respected by both universities and employers. Students will develop the ability to think critically to form justified arguments and to communicate these both verbally and through written work.

The subject is well respected by universities and a number of students go on to study subjects like Politics, International Relations and Law. The skills and expertise gained by politics students means they often pursue careers in the civil service, law, charity work and journalism as well as within business and finance.

Further Information

We will use a variety of study techniques. Engaging with the news is essential in order to prepare for class discussion. You will need to read articles on a daily basis, either in paper form or on the internet as well as following Television news and political programming. You will be required to work independently to complete reading before lessons in order to ensure that you are prepared to discuss and debate issues in class.

Assessment will be in the form of essays and you will learn to weigh up evidence on both sides of an argument and present a reasoned conclusion.