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A Level Government and Politics at The King's Academy

Course description

Government and Politics A-Level is a modular course in which students complete four modules over the course of two years. The modules are made up of some British and some American Politics. Students who only wish to take AS Level Government and Politics will complete the first two modules which are taught and assessed in Year 12 and are based solely on British Politics.

Content of course

The main two areas which will be studied are British Politics in Year 12 and American Politics in Year 13.

The AS Level course will focus on the political systems in the United Kingdom, its involvement in the European Union, and past and present governments. Module one focuses on people, parties and participation. The module focuses on the theme of political behaviour in the UK and explores the importance of voting behaviour, the influence of electoral systems in communicating political opinion and the controversies surrounding the use of referenda are crucial topics for analysis.

The second module focuses on the process of governing the UK, with power dispersed from local to European levels. The extent to which Britain’s unique constitution regulates the process of government and maintains the balance between individual rights and the power of the state is explored.

The second year of the A Level Government and Politics course will focus on American politics, how the US system works, and will look at the roles of different presidents over time. The two modules will focus on the political systems and the split of federal and state law whilst making references to contemporary developments, issues and debates.

Entry requirements

At least a grade B at GCSE History or English

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The King's Academy directly.

Last updated date: 06 August 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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