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Government and Politics at The Hollyfield School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

There are four units in the AQA Government and Politics specification.  At AS there is

  • People, Participation and Politics
  • Governing Modern Britain

At A2 there is

  • The Politics of the USA
  • The Government of the USA

Course content

AS Course

Unit One: People, Politics and Participation

We will examine how we as individuals and as members of groups can participate in the political system, through voting, joining political parties or even taking direct action as part of a pressure group. Key debates include whether our voting system is unfair and should be reformed, and to what extent our political system is actually becoming more undemocratic in the twenty-first century. •

This is worth 50% of the AS grade and is examined in a one hour and 30 minute paper.

Unit Two: Governing Modern Britain This unit provides an introduction to the major institutions of UK government, examines their relationships with one another and considers their effectiveness. We will consider how effective a role our MPs play in representing us, whether the Prime Minister has too much power, to what extent the cabinet and civil service provide effective government, and how far our judiciarydelivers justice and defends freedom. Students will also be introduced to other institutions, and their role in British Politics such as the EU and Scottish Parliament.

This is worth 50% of the AS grade and is examined in a one hour and 30 minute paper in summer 2009.


A2 Course

Unit Three: Politics and Power

This course will build on Units One and Two by examining the nature of power in British Politics today and the nature of political culture. We will look in depth at Britain’s role in the European Union, how the EU operates, and the debates surrounding the future of Britain in Europe.

This is worth 25% of the total A Level grade and is examined in a one hour and 30 minute paper in summer 2010.

Unit Four: Political Issues

The Environment and climate change, education, race and multiculturalism and the economy are all key political issues that provoke controversy and debate at many different levels. Students will examine and evaluate the views of different parties and groups on these issues, and how successfully different governments have tried to tackle the issues. Key to this is that students reach their own judgements and views on these political debates.

This is worth 25% of the total A Level, will be completed by May 2010 and assessed by your teacher(s).




Entry requirements

B grade at GCSE English.


By examination only.

Future opportunities

Government and Politics is a valuable A level as it helps you to develop a wide range of transferable skills useful in many different careers. If you are unsure about a future career Government and Politics can be useful as part of a broad and balanced curriculum as it can help to keep your options open. The nature of the knowledge and skills developed mean that Government and Politics is particularly useful for careers in local government, the civil service, law, journalism, the public services and of course, politics itself.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Hollyfield School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 14 May 2015
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