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Government and Politics A Level at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School

Course description

AS Level

In Year 12, students will study the political system of Britain. This will involve topics such as the role and power of the Prime Minister, Parliament and the judicial system. The policies and tactics of pressure groups and parties are also examined as are the key topical questions of electoral and constitutional reform. The course is not historical but rather focuses upon issues of the moment and what they reveal about British politics today.

Method of Assessment

At the end of Year 12, students will sit two written examinations in British Politics. Both of these papers are 1 hour 20 minutes in length. In Paper 1 (50% of marks at AS Level), students will be asked to answer two structured questions from a choice of four. In Paper 2 (50% of marks at AS Level), students will be asked to answer one stimulus question from a choice of two and one extended question from a choice of two. These examinations will allow students to gain an AS Level qualification and also contribute 50% of the marks towards an A Level grade. There is no coursework requirement in this subject

A Level

In Year 13, students will concentrate on the study of the American political system. They will examine such topics as the Constitution, the Presidency, Congress and the Supreme Court. The policies of political parties, the influence of pressure groups and the unique electoral system of the U.S. are also important features of the syllabus.

Method of Assessment

At the end of Year 13, students will sit two written examinations in American politics. Both of these papers are 1 hour 30 minutes in length. In Papers 3 and 4 (each worth 50% of marks at A Level), students will be asked to answer three short-answer questions from a choice of five and one essay question from a choice of three. These examinations contribute the remaining 50% of the marks towards an A Level grade.

Entry requirements

Grade C English Language at GCSE. No previous knowledge of this subject is necessary, but a willingness to work hard and take an interest in current affairs is essential.

Future opportunities

Politics is housed in two large rooms each with excellent facilities. A wide range of teaching methods are employed and the department is keen to encourage student participation and debate. Considerable emphasis is placed on the use of audio and visual teaching resources. The department has satellite TV and sophisticated ICT facilities, including an extensive bank of resources available to students at home, through a very comprehensive Virtual Learning Environment accessible via the Internet. The department also has its own Twitter account.  Academic standards within the department are high and consistently excellent A Level examination results have been achieved over many years.

Most of our students go on to university with a large number of them opting to read Politics itself, or subjects closely related to it, such as Law or International Relations. Ultimately, many of our students go on to take up a wide range of managerial positions in the business world or go into professions such as Law, Journalism and the Civil Service. The study of Politics combines equally well with subjects such as History, Geography, Classics, English, Modern Languages, Economics, Business, Mathematics and Sciences. In addition to providing academic quality, the department believes it also delivers a subject which will assist students for the rest of their adult lives as active citizens in a democratic society.

For comprehensive details regarding the revised AS and A Level syllabuses please visit the examination board’s website: www.edexcel.com (Please note that the course is entitled GCE Government and Politics by Edexcel and that the A Level option followed by this department is Topic C.)

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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