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Government and Politics AS and A Level at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Penrith

Course description

This course has been designed to engage students with contemporary politics and reflect current political debates such as where does power really lie and why the number of people voting in elections is declining.

Course content

The AS specification has 2 units
Unit 1: People, Politics and Participation. Participation & Voting Behaviour; Electoral Systems; Political Parties; Pressure Groups & Protest Movements.
Unit 2: Governing Modern Britain. The British Constitution; Parliament; The Core Executive.

The A2 specification has 2 units
Unit 3: The Politics of the USA.  US Electoral Process and Direct Democracy, Political Parties, Voting Behaviour, Pressure Groups.
Unit 4: The Government of the USA. Constitutional Framework, The Legislative Branch, The Executive Branch, The Judicial Branch.


Assessment for both AS and A2 is by written examinations.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Penrith directly.

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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    • The school was founded by Royal Charter in 1564. It was formerly situated in the centre of Penrith near St. Andrew's Church, but moved to the new buildings on its present site in 1915. The main school was extended in 1937 and 1958. The Donald Fay Memorial Building consisting of four Technology rooms and two Information Technology rooms was completed by September 1995 and a new building providing six Science laboratories, four Mathematics rooms and another Technology room was opened in July 1998. In November 2001, the Peter Kremer Sports Hall and four English rooms were completed. Further building work in 2004, 2009 and 2014 has provided additional office space and four classrooms. The extensive playing fields are adjacent to the school.