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Politics A Level at The Trinity Catholic School

Course description

1 GOVP1 People, politics and Participation
Written examination – 50% of AS, 25% of A-Level
2 GOVP2 Governing Modern Britain
Written examination – 50% of AS, 25% of A-Level
Unit 1
We examine the 3 main political parties, seeing how they are organised, what
they stand for and how they choose their party leaders. We then move on to
Protest movements, how do people with a grievance get policies changed or
problems dealt with? What methods, both legal and illegal, are used to pressure
a government? We then examine different election systems, and ask ourselves
what effect it would have on British politics if we changed our voting system.
Which system is the most fair? Which is the best to be used? Do we want a
system that would allow small parties to prosper? Finally we also ask ourselves
what makes people vote the way that they do, and ask ourselves how people
can be influenced to change their voting habits.
Unit 2
We examine the British constitution, examining how the British political
system works and how easy it is to change. We then look at the work of
Parliament, how is it set up, what rules does it follow and what power does it
have? We then look at the role of local government, before studying the rise of
English, Welsh and Scottish nationalism and the impact that this has had on
devolution. We then examine the EU and its changing relationship with Britain
and ask ourselves what Britains future relationship with the EU might be,
before finally examining Britians legal system. We look at how the courts are
set up and what relationship they have to the Government.

3 GOVP3B Ideologies
Written examination - 50% of A2, 25% of A-Level
4 GOVP4A The Government of the USA
Written examination – 50% of A2, 25% of A-Level
Unit 3
Many students favourite module, Political Ideology. This is all about the battle
for ideas and ideals. What is right? Should our country have a government run
health service? Should we tax the rich, or will they simply leave the county?
Should we have a system of social welfare? Are cuts the answer to financial
difficulties? How much tax is too much, or can you not have too high a level
of tax? Is foreign aid necessary, or a drain on our resources? These are the
kinds of issues often fiercely debated as we examine the political views of
Liberals, Conservatives, Socialists and Fascists in Britain through the ages with
an especial focus on today political parties. You examine the writings of key
political thinkers, and compare these ideals with the policies of today’s parties,
and ask yourselves how much of today’s policies are pragmatic, and how much
they are ideological.
Unit 4
The government of the USA. In this module you get to study how the
American constitution works, and why it is set up the way it is. You then
examine the work of Congress and the Senate, and you compare the power of
the President to the power of our Priminister. Finally you examine how the
US legal system works by studying the role of the supreme court. The focus
is on how the differences between the British and American systems lead to
different approaches in government, and why this has come about. It also
allows us to examine the political culture of the American system.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Trinity Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 05 November 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years