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Government and Politics A Level at Chadwell Heath Academy

Course description

A level Government and Politics will appeal to you if you have strong analytical and evaluative skills, and have a genuine interest in current affairs. In the first year you will look at the relationship between ‘the people’ and those who govern us. We will also explore how we are governed. In the second year you will study American politics and draw parallels with politics in the UK.

Course content

Modules for AS
Unit 1: People, Politics and Participation
- Voting behaviour
- Systems of election
- Political parties in the UK
- Pressure groups
- Protest movements in the UK

Unit 2: Governing Modern Britain
- The workings of Parliament,
- The Prime Minister and Civil Service
- European, Welsh and Scottish politics and government.

Modules for A2
Unit 3: Political Ideologies
- Voting behaviour
- How elections work
- Political parties
- Protest movements
- Lobbying in the USA.

Unit 4: American Politics
- The American constitution
- The role of the president
- Role powers of congress
- The role and powers of the Supreme Court.


AS: 2 x 1 hour 30 minutes examination
A2: 2 x 1 hour 30 minutes examination

Future opportunities

Politics is fully essay based both in terms of long and short answers. As a result, a great deal of reading and research needs to be undertaken by you. You will be expected to demonstrate a critical approach to the course and be able to apply knowledge to real life political situations. You will need to be able to evaluate governmental activity in the context of its impact on citizens.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chadwell Heath Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 April 2017
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