Government & Politics A-Level at London Nautical School
The study of Government and Politics gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the analysis, discussion and debate of current affairs. Many of the topics we cover at AS and A2 are taken from the headlines and front pages of today’s newspapers.
At AS, the first year of the course, we begin with a general study of democracy and quickly move to investigate how it works in the UK, focusing on referendums such as whether Britain should remain in the EU. We then look at the political parties and their policies, the different elections in the UK (MPs, mayors, MEPs, etc.) and then pressure groups and how they try to influence government policies. The second half of the year is given to governing the UK, starting with a study of the UK constitution and moving on to look at how Parliament, the Prime Minister and the courts work.
At A2, the focus is on the United States, and the course is organised in a similar way to AS, starting first with developing an understanding of the US constitution and how it compares to the UK’s. We then study US elections (for President and Congress), and then the political parties, pressure groups, and racial and ethnic politics. Finally, in the second half of A2, the focus is on governing the US, understanding the role of the President, Congress and the Supreme Court. Much of the attention in A2 is devoted to the constant tension between the power of the US federal government and the powers of the individual states.
From the start of A2, it is critical that students have a well-developed understanding of US political news and where to get it. It is vital for success in this course that they follow developments in US politics on a weekly basis through US newspaper websites (such as The New York Times), US magazines (such as Time and Newsweek), and American broadcasting outlets such as PBS, Fox News, and National Public Radio, all of which can be accessed online.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact London Nautical School directly.