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Government & Politics AS/A Level at Beverley High School

Course description

Every part of every day is affected by politics. If you have a keen interest in news and current affairs and a desire to know more about the real issues facing politicians and their differing ideas about how our country should be governed then you will love Government and Politics at ‘A’ Level. The lessons encourage independent learning  as students discover how to research from a wide range of sources from newspapers and the internet to political journals, textbooks, the radio and television. In Year 12 a great deal of key learning takes place outside of the classroom: trips to visit  the Parliaments in London and Edinburgh, the opportunity to attend Politics Conferences at Hull University,  specialist revision days  in  London and the possibility of a trip to Washington DC in Year 13 help to bring the subject to life. Additionally, guest speakers have included Graham Stuart the local M.P.  For Beverley and Holderness and later this academic year we will have speakers from Hull University, which has one of the most highly regarded Politics Departments in the country.

 

Course content

AS Government and Politics (2 units) - At AS we focus on British Politics today. We study voting behaviour and the electoral system and how this determines the type of governments that are elected. We examine how decisions are made and who makes them and how laws come into being through Parliament. We also explore the ways in which people can organize and put pressure on those in power. We consider whether we have a healthy democracy and where power and influence really lies in British politics - is it with the politicians, the voters or with more unaccountable and unrepresentative groups and organizations such as big businesses and the media? Does Parliament work or does it need changing? Does the Prime Minister have too much or too little power? How does government operate in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and at a local level? What is the influence of the EU ? Being prepared to share your own views on many challenging and sometimes controversial issues will make for great discussion and enhanced understanding of the topics being studied.

In A2 we study the American Political System and consider the political parties, American pressure groups, the elections and voting behaviour before moving on to look at The Constitution and the structure of American government and how it operates in relation to the President, the Legislature and the Judiciary. The issues in American politics often differ greatly to those in Britain and discussions on many topical issues such as gun control, the death penalty and abortion make for challenging and interesting analysis.

Assessment

AS Level - (2 units)

Unit 1  -  People, Politics & Participation

Topics :  Participation and voting behaviour, Electoral Systems,                   

             Political Parties, Pressure Groups and Protest Movements

         1 hour 30 minutes exam   50% of total AS marks (25% of total A Level )

         Two structured source based questions from a choice of four

Unit 2 – Governing Modern Britain

Topics:  The British Constitution, Parliament, The Core Executive, Multi-level    

             Governance

         1 hour 30 minutes exam   50% of total AS marks( 25% of total A Level))

         Two structured source based questions from a choice of four

 

A Level -  (2 units)

In A2 we study the American Political System and consider the political parties, American pressure groups, the elections and voting behaviour before moving on to look at The Constitution and the structure of American government and how it operates in relation to the President, the Legislature and the Judiciary. The issues in American politics often differ greatly to those in Britain and discussions on many topical issues such as gun control, the death penalty and abortion make for challenging and interesting analysis.

Unit 3A - The Politics of the USA

Topics:  The Electoral Process and Direct Democracy,

             Political Parties, Voting behaviour, Pressure Groups

         1 hour 30 minutes exam -25% of total A Level marks - Two topics from a      

             choice of four

Unit 4A - The Government of the USA

Topics:  The Constitutional Framework of the US Government,

             The  Legislative Branch of Government: US Congress,

             The Executive Branch of Government,

             The Judicial Branch of Government: The Supreme Court

         1 hour 30 minutes exam -  25% of total A Level marks - Two topics from    

           a choice of four.

Future opportunities

Politics provides an excellent basis for many subjects at degree level and as an academic subject it is very highly regarded by universities, including The Russell Group of Universities.

It is a useful qualification for any career as the skills developed from: debating and discussion, learning to write structured and convincing arguments, producing presentations on complex issues and analyzing a wide range of information, data and statistics provide students with invaluable workplace skills. Careers  in Politics, Law, Business, Teaching, Local Government and a wide range of other professions are just some of the possibilities open to students that study this course.

Further information

A course in Government & Politics will be of benefit to any Post-16 student, but it will be of particular interest to pupils also studying, or interested in, History, Law, Geography, R.E, Philosophy, Media Studies, Economics, General Studies, Psychology and Sociology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beverley High School directly.

Last updated date: 23 August 2016

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    • Beverley High School is a Group 6, five-form entry girls' comprehensive within the East Riding of Yorkshire. 816 girls are currently on roll including 120 girls in the Sixth Form. The School, founded in 1908, has developed since 1973 from a grammar school into a fully comprehensive 11-18 establishment. The school celebrated its 100th anniversary in September 2008.

      Beverley High School is long established with an excellent record and considerable achievements in academic work, music, drama, art and sport. We are particularly concerned to develop each girl's good qualities to the full. The school has a long tradition of successful education and enjoys a high reputation within the community, both at local and county level. The school features in the “Good Schools’ Guide”.

      Subject departments are housed in purpose-built rooms set amidst fine grounds. We have a dedicated Library and Sixth Form Block. A Sports Hall was opened in September 2006 and an Art/Technology Centre opened in September 2008.