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A Level Government and Politics at JCoSS

Course description

Our innovative Government and Politics curriculum has been designed to encourage an interest in the study of politics. It will provide students with a clear working knowledge of a range of political systems and it will also enable students to develop an insight into political beliefs, central to an understanding of the modern world. The curriculum reflects recent political developments, encouraging students to engage with contemporary political debates.

Course content

Unit 1: People and Politics (AS)

This unit introduces students to the key channels of communication between government and the people. It encourages them to evaluate the adequacy of existing arrangements for ensuring representative democracy and participation.

Unit 2: Governing the UK (AS)

This unit introduces students to the major governmental processes within the UK. It encourages them to develop a critical understanding of the role and effectiveness of key institutions, and of the relationship amongst them in the context of multi-level governance.

Unit 3: Introducing Political Ideologies (A2)

This topic introduces students to the subject of political ideology and examines the major ideas of liberalism, conservatism, socialism and anarchism.

Unit 4: Extended Themes in Political Analysis: Governing the USA (A2)

This unit extends students’ understanding of key themes in political analysis. Students will also gain a clear understanding of the way in which the USA is governed allowing them to gain a clear distinction between the practicalities of British and American politics.

Entry requirements

To be accepted onto the course students need at least a B grade at GCSE English and one other essay-based subject such as History, Geography, Sociology or Jewish Education. The course demands good essay writing skills, an interest in current affairs and the willingness to work hard at school and at home. Students will be set independent learning tasks every week and will also be expected to carry-out their own independent reading. Students will be expected to read a quality online newspaper to keep abreast of current-affairs and political developments.


A variety of modes of assessment 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, and will draw on the skills required to analyse conflicting political viewpoints, including the extent of rivalry between these viewpoints and an awareness of the significance of these viewpoints for an understanding of the issue or question.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 April 2015
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