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British Government and Politics A Level at Wirral Grammar School for Boys

Course description

The study of British Government and Politics at A level is designed to build upon an interest in how the processes of Politics and Government work and, in so doing, create a deeper understanding of the nature of political issues and exchange in the contemporary UK. The discipline is interesting, demanding and rewarding.


Assessment is by four taught modules with weighting as follows:

AS: Studied in Y12

Unit 1 (25%): People and Politics
This will cover: Democracy and Political Participation, Party Policies and Ideas, Elections and Pressure groups

Unit 2 (25%): Governing the UK
This will cover: The Constitution, Parliament and The Prime Minister and Cabinet

A2: Studied in Y13

Unit 3B (25%): Introducing Political Ideologies
This will cover Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism and Anarchism

Unit 4B (25%): Extended Themes in Political Analysis: Other Ideological Traditions This will cover Nationalism, Feminism, Ecologism and Multiculturalism

There are two public examinations at the end of the Year 12 and two at the end of Year 13.

Class and homework work takes a variety of forms: essays, short questions, note making, class discussions, student presentations, co-operative learning, independent study and regular use of relevant websites including BBC Politics, Democracy Live, epolitix and Parliament UK. Students are also encouraged to keep up to date with their knowledge of current affairs and key events in contemporary British Politics; to assist this process, all Politics students are encouraged to participate in the weekly Politics Forum which contributes to the wider role of Politics in the school by encouraging students to engage in political discussion and activity.

Year 12 students will also have the opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament and participate in a number of enrichment activities which this year included a visit to the national conference for one of our major political parties. An active interest in current political issues and ideas is vital, as is an enthusiasm to contribute to both written and spoken elements of the course as well as its extra-curricular opportunities. A lively and enquiring mind, the capacity to be well organised and the motivation to achieve to the highest standards are all prerequisites of a successful Politics student.

Future opportunities

Many students have gone on to study Politics and related disciplines at prestigious centres of higher education including Oxford and Cambridge. The study of politics, and the transferable skill set it nurtures, is relevant to many career areas including the legal professions, civil service, tourism, local government, education, banking, retail, accountancy, commerce and journalism.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wirral Grammar School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2015

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