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Government and Politics, AQA at Penistone Grammar Advanced Learning Centre

Course description

Government and Politics fosters debate and lateral thinking which not only creates success at A Level but also well rounded students who are prepared for the challenge of University.

Due to the dynamic nature of the subject, students are encouraged to become involved in political events Additionally, the department organises an annual visit to 
the Houses of Parliament and areas of political interest in London. To complement this our constituency Member of Parliament visits school to enlighten students about the 
intricacies of the Westminster Village and its incumbents. 

Course content

The course is divided into four modules.
Year 12 (AS) 
Unit 1: People, Politics and Participation (Political Parties, Pressure Groups and Elections and Voting Behaviour).
Unit 2: Governing Modern Britain (The British Constitution, Parliament, Prime Minister and Cabinet, the judiciary and civil service). 
Year 13 (A2) 
Unit 3A: The Politics of the USA (US Political Parties, Pressure Groups, Elections and Voting Behaviour). 
Unit 4A: The Government of the USA (The US Constitution, President, Congress and the Supreme Court).

Entry requirements

To secure a place at our Post 16 Centre five passes or more GCSE passes at grade C or above and a minimum of a C grade in both English Language and Mathematics.  All students will also need a B Grade GCSE in any subject they are wanting to study at A Level.  If it is a new subject for example Sociology or Psychology students must have achieved a grade B in both Mathematics and English Language. 


Assessment for the course is 100% by examination. To do well students are expected to have achieved at least a B grade in English at GCSE. A strong GCSE History grade will also be looked at favourably.
Students who opt to study A'Level Government and Politics must have a keen interest in current affairs and follow political developments as they arise. Students will be expected to read a high quality newspaper on a regular basis, watch BBC or Channel 4 news as well as other political programmes such as News Night, Question Time and The Politics Show. In addition, students should engage with social media in order to track politicians' views and keep abreast of new announcements. 
Debate and discussion are key features of Government and Politics lessons so it is important that students are fully informed so that they engage appropriately in their lessons. 

Future opportunities

Advanced GCE in Government and Politics could lead to a wide range of careers and higher education courses. You could take it with other advanced level courses or equivalent to prepare for higher education in areas of Governments and Politics or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Government and Politics such as working for the local or national government within areas of housing, tax, education, travel and other areas of government. You could also train further to become a member of parliament! The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the government related sectors.

Further information

Ms E Henderson (Subject Learning Leader) e-mail;



How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Penistone Grammar Advanced Learning Centre directly.

Last updated date: 12 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: AS 1 year, A2 2 years
  • Course code: AQA 2150