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Government and Politics Edexcel A Level at Kingdown School

Course description

AS Level:

Unit 1: People and Politics

  • This unit will focus on political parties, elections, how people vote, pressure groups and protest politics.
  • It 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

  • This unit will focus on parliament, the cabinet, the Prime Minister, the European Union and the judicial system of the UK.
  • It 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.
  • This unit is worth 50% of the AS grade (25% of the A level)

A Level:

Unit 1 and 2 (see above)

Unit 3: Structures of Global Politics

  • This topic provides an introduction to global politics by examining key global political structures and systems.
  • Topics include globalisation, the power of multinational companies, theories of sovereignty, nationalism, hegemony and intergovernmentalism.

Unit 4: Global political issues

  • This topic examines key issues in recent global politics and how these issues are dealt with at a global level.
  • Topics include ‘war on terror’, weapons of mass destruction, ‘rogue states’, poverty, international development and human rights issues and their impact on politics.

 

Entry requirements

GCSE English grade (9-5) and Maths (9-4) plus 3 GCSEs at grades A*-C.

Students are required to have an ability to analyse and evaluate in order to reach well informed judgements.

Effective communication skills in essay writing, debating and discussion are essential.

Assessment

Unit 1: People and Politics 

  • 50% of the AS Level
  • 25% of the A Level 
  • written exam
  • 1 hour 20 mins 

Unit 2: Governing the UK

  • 50% of the AS Level
  • 25% of the A Level 
  • written exam 
  • 1 hour 20 mins 

Unit 3: Structures of Global Politics

  • 25% of the A Level 
  • written exam 
  • 1 hour 30 mins 

Unit 4: Global political issues

  • 25% of the A Level 
  • written exam 
  • 1 hour 30 mins 

Future opportunities

Through your study of politics you will acquire vital skills that will serve you well throughout your life.

These will include skills of high quality written communication, an engaging and coherent capacity for debating, and the ability to analyse complex information.

Government and politics is highly valued as an academic subject by all of the top universities including Oxbridge.

It is a useful subject to be taken for careers in law, civil service and local government and organisation.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 December 2016
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