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Government and Politics at City of Norwich School

Course description

What do I need to know, or be able to do, before taking this course?

You may not have studied government and politics before, but this does not matter! What is more important is that you have an interest in the society in which you live and enjoy discussion, debate and argument.

What will I learn?


At AS you will gain an understanding of how the UK political system works, and how it is linked to contemporary concerns and events.

Unit 1: People and Politics looks at how people in the UK are linked to the government, through the themes of democracy and political participation, party policies and ideas, and pressure groups.

Unit 2: Governing the UK focuses on the main institutions of UK government such as Parliament and the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Its core themes are distribution ofpolicymaking power and the effectiveness of the key bodies in carrying out their roles and functions.In Units 1 and 2 you will have the opportunity to debate and discuss current issues in UK politics.


Unit 3: Key Themes in Political AnalysisTopic C: Representative Processes in the USA — in this topic you will look at therepresentative processes of the US political system, and the mechanisms in place to ensure that no one group of people should become politically dominant.

Unit 4: Extended Themes in Political AnalysisTopic C: Government and Politics of the USA — in this topic you will examine theinstitutional framework of US government, consider the interrelationships between itslegislative, executive and judicial processes and the health of US federalism.

How will I be assessed?You will take four units, two at AS and two at A2. Each unit will be externally assessed.

Unit 1: People and Politics1 hour and 20 minutesYou will be required to answer two questions out of a choice of four, each structured a), b) and c).

Unit 2: Governing the UK1 hour and 20 minutesYou will be required to answer one structured question from a choice of two based on given stimulus material and one extended question from a choice of two.

Unit 3: Key Themes in Political Analysis and Unit 4: Further Themes in PoliticalAnalysis

1 hour and 30 minutes for each unit.

You will be required to answer three short questions out of a choice of five and one

essay out of a choice of three.

Is this the right subject for me?

Government and Politics is the right subject for you if:

• You have an interest in the world around you, want to know more about the society in which you live, how it works, and how it could work

• You enjoy debate, discussion and argument and are comfortable with the idea that in politics there is no right or wrong

• You enjoy weighing up and evaluating evidence in order to assess and communicate ideas and arguments

• You like thinking for yourself and want to develop your own views rather than accept the views of others.

What can I do after I’ve completed the course?

Taking the Edexcel Advanced GCE in Government and Politics will give you adaptable skills which will enable you to understand and assess ideas and arguments, and to construct and communicate clear answers to problems based on well-validated evidence.

With a GCE in Government and Politics, you can progress to higher education courses such as honours degrees in Politics, Law, International Politics/Relations and Political Science as well as to degrees in related subjects such as History, Geography, Economics and Social policy. You will also be able to progress to vocational qualifications such as BTEC Higher National Certificates/Diplomas in subjects such as Public Services, Business or Media (Journalism).The study of politics can lead to a variety of careers within areas such as journalism and broadcasting, management, publishing, local government, public policy and policy research, interest groups, local government and the voluntary sector, as well as within politics itself. Further education/higher education courses in care professions and onto work/professions working with people in a care environment, e.g., nursing, teaching, child development, social care, midwifery, occupational therapy.It is these developed capacities that prepare graduates for successful careers in the areas of finance, management, administration, the media and so on.

Entry requirements

A minimum requirement of 3 x A*-B and 3 x A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Mathematics to study 4 A’ levels. A minimum requirement of 5 x A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Mathematics to study 3 A’ levels with directed time. A minimum requirement of a B grade in English Language or Mathematics GCSE for students who wish to study English Literature and Further Mathematics respectively. Other Level 2 qualifications are not accepted as GCSE equivalences.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Norwich School directly.

Last updated date: 26 June 2014
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Key information

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