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Goverment and Politics A Level *Fees Payable* at Rochester Independent College

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Exam board: AQA

GOVP1 – People, politics and participation introduces students to the key channels of communication between government and the people. It encourages them to evaluate the adequacy of existing arrangements for ensuring representative democracy and participation. This area of study also considers the ways in which people participate in politics and models for voter behaviour The unit is broken down into four topics: participation and voting behaviour, electoral systems, political parties, and pressure groups and protest movements.

GOVP2 – Governing Modern Britain introduces students to the major governmental processes within the UK. It encourages them to develop a critical understanding of the role and effectiveness of key institutions, and of the relationship amongst them in the context of multi-level governance. The topics cover the four key institutions for the governance of the UK: the constitution, including the judiciary, Parliament, the core executive, and multi-level governance, including local and European government.

GOV3A – The politics of the USA looks at the representative processes of the US political system and considers their adequacy in terms of popular participation and full democracy. The unit considers four key topics: the electoral process and direct democracy, political parties, voting behaviour, and pressure groups.

GOV4A – The government of the USA examines the institutional framework of US government and considers the interrelationships between its legislative, executive and judicial processes, placing them in the context of the American constitution. The four topics covered are: the constitutional framework of US government, the legislative branch of US government: Congress, the executive branch of US government, the judicial branch of US government: Supreme Court.


Assessment methods: 100% exam

Length of exams: GOVP1 – 90 minutes, GOVP2 – 90 minutes, GOV3A – 90 minutes, GOV4A – 90 minutes

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*Fees Payable*

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Overlap with other subjects: Government and Politics seeks a critical understanding of political processes and the place of people within them. As such it overlaps with subjects which seek a similar understanding of the world, such as History, Geography and Sociology. The subject also combines well with other essay-based subjects such as English Literature and Philosophy.

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Last updated date: 20 January 2016
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