Exam Board Entry Requirements Subject Leader
Edexcel Grade 6 in GCSE History or English Literature
Mrs K Ladly

The world faces many problems such as the global economy, immigration and terrorism? As citizens about to get the vote, do you want to be fully informed about the issues you will be voting on? Do you want to know about how the decisions which affect your everyday life are made?

The aim of the course is to inform you of how political decisions are made on either side of the Atlantic, how they  affect you and why you should be involved in the political system that shapes them. We will use a variety of study techniques. You will need to read and take notes in order to prepare for class discussion. You will also need to read newspapers on a daily basis, either in paper form or on the internet. You will need to keep cuttings folders for discussions on current issues. You may be asked to do a presentation individually, in pairs or in groups. You will also have plenty of opportunity to debate issues. You will learn to write short answers to questions and extended essays and to evaluate what you read.

 

Paper 1: UK Politics and Core Political Ideas

Topics include democracy, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media, core ideologies (conservatism, liberalism, socialism)

 

Paper 2: UK Government and Non-Core Political Ideas

Topics include the Constitution, Parliament, the Prime Minister and the Executive, relations between institutions (UK Supreme Court, the EU, Parliament and the Executive) and the non-core ideology of feminism.

 

Paper 3: Comparative Politics, USA

Topics include the US Constitution and Federalism, Congress, the President, Supreme Court and civil rights, democracy and participation, and comparative theories.

 

Assessment

Assessment is performed by way of three externally assessed written examinations on the above topics. Each examination lasts for 2 hours.

 

Progression into Higher Education/Vocational Destinations

A-Level Government and Politics will help you to develop transferable skills such as analysis of data and the formulation of coherent arguments which can be applied to a range of other subjects and careers.