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Government & Politics A Level at Upton Court Grammar School

Course description

Government and Politics is concerned with how power is allocated, how decisions are made and how th e law can be created and enforced fairly. It is a very contemporary course that focuses on the last twenty - five years.

We study British politics in depth in Year 12. You will develop your knowledge of how elections, political parties, pressure groups, Parliament and the justice system operate in the United Kingdom. You will discuss topics including how we defend our rights, whether elections are fair, whether politicians should interfere with the economy, what influence the media has on government, wheth er the British Parliament works well, how fair our laws are and whether the justice system operates without political influence.

In Year 13 we focus on global politics and international relations. You will develop your knowledge of global power structures since the Cold War, international organisations, human rights, international law, modern wars, terrorism, environment policy and global economic relationships. You will discuss topics including whether the USA is still a superpower, whether globalisation is a good thing, whether organisations like the UN can prevent wars, whether global free trade is a desirable thing, and whether it is possible for there to be functioning international laws and human rights.

We also have a number of extra - curricular activities, which have recently included our annual tour of Parliament, opportunities to meet MPs, politics conferences and think - tank meetings in London and part icipation in television debates on BBC3.


We follow the Edexcel specification. The AS and A2 each have two written exams, with a mixture of short response and essay questions. The four modules are People and Politics, Governing the UK, Structures of Global Politics and Issues in Global Politics. There is no coursework, though regular reading and viewing of quality news sources is highly beneficial and is strongly encouraged. Government and Politics is a Phase Three subject, which means that your AS grades will contribute 50% of your final A2 grade and you will have external exams in Year 12. This means that unlike most subjects, you will be able to re - sit modules if you need to.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Upton Court Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 08 September 2016

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