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Government & Politics AS & A Level at Banbury Academy

Course description

The GCE Government and Politics specification comprises of 4 units. The AS units provide an introduction to the subject through an examination of UK political procedures and institutions such as democracy and political participation, party policies and ideas, the key institutions and understanding of how UK political systems work and how they are linked to contemporary concerns and events. A’ Level offers a broad choice of topics covering political issues in the politics of the USA. The A’ Level course allows more specialisation requiring more skills, analysis and evaluation and offers a choice of challenging but comparable topics.  

Course content

A variety of assessments will be used, including short‐answer questions, stimulus response, extended writing and essays. Students will have a choice of questions within the examinations for each unit. Synoptic assessment will be examined through the essay questions in Units 3 and 4.  

The GCE course is externally assessed. At AS level, students take two exams in both units; (People and Politics and Governing the UK) which are worth 50% of the total AS marks and 25% of the total GCE marks. Students will be required to answer one stimulus‐based question.  

At A’ level, students also take two written examinations, lasting 1 hour 30 minutes   on topics of Representative Processes in the USA and Governing the USA. Both exams are worth 50% of the total A’ Level marks and 25% of the total GCE marks.

Entry requirements

English Language at grade B

Future opportunities

The A‐level Government and Politics specification is designed to encourage students to develop their critical thinking skills and enhance their ability to interpret, evaluate and comment on the nature of politics. Students are encouraged to think and debate more widely about how other political systems may differ and will enable students to develop an insight into political beliefs, central to an understanding of the modern world. A’ Level Government and Politics is a good choice for students considering a career in the professions, or those who simply want to understand how the world works. Politics goes well with Economics, History, Sociology and English. The subject appeals to Social Science and even Art and Drama students, giving them a broader perspective on the world.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 September 2016

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