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Government and Politics AS/A2 Level at King Edward VI Grammar School

Course description

Course Specification:

Examination board: AQA

AS Level – Govp1 and Govp2

A2 Level – Gov3A and Gov4A

What is the course about?

Students will gain a detailed insight into the rapidly changing world of British and American Politics today, including the roles played by key individuals and institutions.

A-level Government and Politics enables students to develop their critical thinking skills and enhance their ability to interpret, evaluate and comment on the nature of politics.

The specification is broken down into four units. Units 1 and 2 are covered at AS and units 3 and 4 are covered at A2.

At AS students will concentrate on people, politics and participation as well as governing modern Britain. At A2 students will learn about the popular options: US politics and US government and ideologies. Other options have also been introduced, including political issues and ideologies in action.

Course content

What will I study for AS Level?
Unit 1 People, Politics and Participation: The importance of democracy and participation; voting behavior, electoral systems, referenda and the role of political parties and pressure groups.
Unit 2 Governing Modern Britain: The nature of the UK constitution; the importance of Parliament; the power of Prime Ministers, ministers, civil servants and judges.

Entry requirements

Where can it lead?

A good A Level grade in this subject is highly valued by all universities and can lead to a wide range of courses and careers, particularly in the law, local government, the civil service and education. The communication and analytical skills acquired are also much valued in advertising, journalism, and business management.


How is the AS course assessed?
Unit 1 50%: Written paper, 2 structured questions, 1 hr 30 mins
Unit 2 50%: Written paper, 2 structured questions, 1 hr 30 mins
What will I study for A2 Level?
Unit 3 The Politics of the USA: Electoral process and direct democracy, political parties, voting behaviour and pressure groups
Unit 4 The Government of the USA: The Constitution, the legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary
How is the A2 course assessed?
Unit 3 50%: Written paper: 2 structured questions, 1 hr 30 mins
Unit 4 50%: Written paper: 2 structured questions, 1 hr 30 mins

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years