AQA Politics AS/A2 OCR at Bradfield School
Specification AQA Politics Unit 1 – The government and politics of the UK Students will study two distinct sections for this paper representing both the government and politics of the UK: Studying the government of the UK students will investigate the structure and role of Parliament; nature and sources of the British Constitution; the Prime Minister and Cabinet; the Judiciary; devolution. Investigating the politics of the UK students will look at democracy and participation; elections and referendums; political parties; pressure groups and the European Union. Unit 2 – The government and politics of the USA As with the study of the UK, students will also study two distinct sections for this paper representing both the government and politics of the USA: Studying the government of the USA students will investigate the USA’s Constitution; Congress; the Presidency and Judiciary. Investigating the politics of the USA students will look at the electoral process and direct democracy; US political parties; pressure groups and civil rights. Students will also take part in work that compares and contrasts US Government and Politics with the institutions and politics in the UK. Unit 3 – Political ideas Students will study three core ideologies: Liberalism Conservatism Socialism One of the following five ideologies will also be studied from either Nationalism, Feminism, Multiculturalism, Anarchism or Ecologism. Assessment Units (AS) UNIT 1 – Written exam (2 hours) worth 33 ⅓ % of A-Level UNIT 2 – Written exam (2 hours) worth 33 ⅓ % of A-Level UNIT 3 – Written exam (2 hours) worth 33 ⅓ % of A-Level Teachers Mr B Miskell, Mr N Kelly
An interest in current affairs and politics
Grade 5 in GCSE English
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Patrick Beaumont Head of Sixth Form
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