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Government & Politics AS & A Level at Coloma Convent Girls' School

Course description

Component 1: UK Politics (*Paper code: 9PL0/01)
Content overview

  • Political Participation: students will study democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media.
  • Core Political Ideas: students will study conservatism, liberalism, socialism. (A Level only)

Component 2: UK Government (*Paper code: 9PL0/02)
Content overview

  • UK Government: students will study the constitution, parliament, Prime Minister and executive, relationships between the branches.
  • Optional Political Ideas: students will study one idea from the following: anarchism, feminism, multiculturalism, nationalism. (A Level Only)

Component 3: Comparative Politics (A Level Only) (*Paper code: 9PL0/3A)
Content overview

  • USA Politics: students will study: The US Constitution and federalism, US congress, US presidency, US Supreme Court, democracy and participation, civil rights.
  • Comparative Politics: Students will compare the USA and UK Political systems.

Entry requirements

The chosen pathway requirements and at least Grade 6 in GCSE English and/or Grade B in GCSE History.

Students should enjoy discussion, have an interest in current affairs, and be prepared to extend their knowledge outside lessons by following media reports of political issues or reading UK/USA broadsheet newspapers. They must also be prepared to be an independent learner and participate in debates and discussions. Politics students should be able to structure an essay and present a balanced argument.

Assessment

Component 1: UK Politics (*Paper code: 9PL0/01)

  • AS Level: 90 minutes written examination (Three 10 mark questions and a 30 mark essay)
  • A Level: 2 hour written examination- (two 30 mark essays and a 24 mark essay)

Component 2: UK Government (*Paper code: 9PL0/02)

  • AS Level: 90 minutes written examination (Three 10 mark questions and a 30 mark essay)
  • A Level: Written examination: 2 hours- (two 30 mark essays and a 24 mark essay)

Component 3: Comparative Politics (A Level Only) (*Paper code: 9PL0/3A)

  • Written examination: 2 hours (two 12 mark questions and two 30 mark essays).

Further information

This A level has a new linear specification from September 2017

Awarding Body 2017-19

EDEXCEL Advanced GCE in Government & Politics 9PL0

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coloma Convent Girls' School directly.

Last updated date: 11 January 2017
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