Government and Politics A Level at Devonport High School for Girls
Government and Politics A Level enables students to understand the political processes and debates that shape the modern world. The course involves a lot of discussion and debate and students are encouraged to think critically about the material they study. At AS level, the main focus is British politics, and constitutional structures. Students look at how British politics works in practice including the role of the Houses of Commons and Lords and the Prime Minister. At A2 level we study the American political system and ideological and political issues concerning feminism, racism and the economy. During the course there will be a number of school trips to support the students’ learning to places such as Westminster and the Scottish Parliament.
Please note that two lessons a week will need to be taught as twilight. This is proposed to happen on a Tuesday and Thursday evening.
Unit 1 - People, Politics and Participation
Voter Behaviour and Participation
Unit 2 - Governing Modern Britain
Unit 3 - Contemporary US Government and Politics
Political parties and Voting Behaviour
The Electoral Process and Direct Democracy
Unit 4 - Political Issues: Ideologies in Action
Ethnicity and Gender
Government and Politics is an academically rigorous subject that is accepted by Universities as a valuable A Level. It combines well with other Humanities such as Law, History and Economics and will be a useful preparation for University level study of any of these subjects. It is relevant to a number of careers including Journalism, Politics, Law and International Relations. An A Level in this subject indicates to a future employer or University that the student has the intellectual ability to understand the broader forces that shape society and is able to actively engage with them.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Devonport High School for Girls directly.