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Government and Politics AS/A2 Level at Balby Carr Community Academy

Course description

The programme of study has been designed to encourage an interest in the study of politics. It will enable students to develop an insight into political beliefs central to an understanding of the modern word. Students are encouraged to engage with contemporary political debates and develop ideas about how modern countries are run. The course gives the opportunity to study British and American Politics

Course content


AS Year

Unit 1: People and Politics

This unit will examine the main channels of communication between Government and its people to ensure democracy. It will cover the following themes:

  • Political Parities
  • Elections
  • Pressure Groups
  • The idea of democracy

Unit 2: Governing the UK

This unit introduces the main government processes within the UK. It introduces students to analyse the effectiveness of our institutions in the following themes:

  • The Constitution
  • Parliament
  • The Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Judges and Civil Liberty

A2 Year:

Unit 3: Representative processes in the USA

This topic looks at the representative processes of the US political system and considers their adequacy in terms of popular participation and full democracy.

  • Elections and voting
  • Political Parties
  •  Pressure groups
  • Racial and Ethnic politics

Unit 4: Governing the USA

This topic examines the institutional framework of US government and considers the interrelationships between its legislative, executive and judicial processes and the health of US federalism.

Themes include:

  • The Constitution
  • Congress
  • Presidency
  • Supreme Court


Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course although a Grade C at English would be expected. It would also be important to have an interest in current affairs and the world around you.


Exam for each unit.

Future opportunities

Government and Politics provides a useful entry too many careers and university courses as it helps you understand the world and systems around you. Careers could include:

  •  Civil Servants
  • Administrators
  • Lawyers
  • Managers
  • Teachers

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Balby Carr Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 02 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years