Government and Politics at Queen Mary's Grammar School
The course is therefore concerned to teach students about processes and systems but also to show how and why these processes exist and whether they are the best systems available to us to achieve what we want the State to achieve.
We look too at the relationship between the Governed and the Government, the
There are 4 units, as follows:
Contemporary Politics in the United Kingdom: We explore parties, the party system and pressure groups in the UK to understand how they achieve their aims and how they do this legitimately or otherwise. We also study electoral systems, parliamentary elections,
voting behaviour and ideology. The aim is to provide a comprehensive and critical study of how the UK is actually governed and administered and we explore the systems used and the reasons given by governments and authorities that justify our obedience to the
State and whether the State enforces our obedience or achieves it in some other way.
Contemporary Government of the United Kingdom. This unit introduces students to a critical and systemic study of the composition, role and power of the legislative and executive branches of UK Government and how these relate to the Judiciary. We also explore the responsibilities and rights of individuals and how we individually relate to the structures of power over us, including how we tackle problems and ideas associated with the European Union and the sovereignty of the United Kingdom.
Political Ideas and Concepts: Students will study a range of political theories and democratic systems and ideas in order to explore further the relationship between he individual citizen (or subject) and the State. We will explore political theorists and thinkers. We look at the law, the concepts of rights, liberty and equality; we consider the nature and function of a sovereign state in a globalised world and we consider the advantages of alternative political systems and ideas, including socialism, dictatorships and anarchy.
You will need at least 7 B grades at GCSE* (including English and Maths). We normally expect at least a grade A (A* for Further Maths) in subjects which you wish to pursue at A level.
The A Level is examined by two 2 hour papers.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Mary's Grammar School directly.