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Government & Politics at Oaklands Catholic School

Course description

The study of Government and Politics will enable students to:

  • Develop their critical thinking skills and the ability to interpret, evaluate and comment
  • Develop a critical awareness of the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes
  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of the structures of authority and power within the political system of the United Kingdom, and how these may differ from those of other political systems.
  • Acquire knowledge and informed understanding of the rights and responsibilities of the individual
  • Develop an interest in and engagement with contemporary politics
  • Develop the ability to communicate legal arguments and conclusions clearly and succinctly with reference to appropriate legal authority.

Course content

Students will study two units in Year 12 to achieve AS Level and two further units to complete A2. Students  will take part in lectures, seminars, classroom debates, online discussions and blogs. They will also make use of newspapers, magazines and TV documentaries to further their understanding of the studied topics.

There will also be  opportunities to meet with local politicians and academics – and to work/campaign with local political parties.

Unit 1 – People, Politics and Participation

  • Participation and Voting Behaviour
  • Electoral Systems
  • Political Parties
  • Pressure Group and Protest Movements

Unit 2 – Governing Modern Britain

  • British Constitution
  • Parliament
  • The Core Executive – Role of Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Multi-Level Governance – Devolution and the EU 

Unit 3 – The Politics of the USA

  • The Electoral Process and direct Democracy
  • Political Parties
  • Voting Behaviour
  • Pressure Groups

Two topics from a choice of four.

Unit 4 - The Government of the USA

  • The Constitutional Framework of US Government
  • The Legislative Branch of US Government: US Congress
  • The Executive Branch of Government: The Presidency
  • The Judicial Branch of Government: The Supreme Court

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths. GCSE English at a grade B or above is preferred.


Written examinations


Future opportunities

Government and Politics is a subject that provides good mental discipline and teaches a rigorous and analytical approach to problems, issues and current affairs. It is relevant to almost everything you do and is highly respected by universities. It combines well with
History, Economics and Sociology as a basis for entry to a wide variety of related  degrees and qualifications.

Politics and Government is highly respected in the top professions, particularly the civil service, public services, media, business and marketing, consultancy and of course the world of politics itself.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 March 2016

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