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Government & Politics at Yavneh College

Course description

Exam Body: Edexcel

Politics exists because people disagree. They disagree about how they should live (moral questions), about who should get what (resource questions) and about who should make decisions (power questions). As an activity, politics is the process through which people with different ideas, values, opinions and interests attempt to find a way of living together within the same society. Politics therefore seeks to establish the general rules under which we live and it is those rules that make orderly existence possible. For these rules to be effective, as many people as possible should actively participate in making, upholding and changing them. What makes politics different as an academic subject is its emphasis on debate, discussion and argument.

Politics therefore suits students who have an interest in the world around them and want to know more about how society works and how it could be changed; enjoy debate and discussion and are comfortable with the fact that there are no simple ‗rights‘ or ‗wrongs‘ in politics; like to think independently and want to develop their own views; enjoy weighing up and evaluating evidence. The course involves student-centred learning, using presentations, debates, case studies, discussions, video and audio-based exercises, note-taking and individual research. Students are expected to read a newspaper regularly and carry out internet research.


Course content

Unit 1: People and Politics

This unit introduces students to the key channels of communication between government and the people. This unit encourages students to evaluate the adequacy of the existing arrangements for ensuring representative democracy and participation.

Unit 2: Governing the UK

This unit introduces students to the major governmental processes within the UK. This unit encourages students to develop a critical understanding of the role and effectiveness of key institutions, and of the relationship amongst them in the context of multi-level governance.

Unit 3: Key Themes in Political Analysis

This unit introduces students to key themes in political analysis. Students study the topic ‗Representative Processes in the USA‘.

Unit 4: Extended Themes in Political Analysis

This unit extends students‘ understanding of key themes in political analysis. The topic ‗Governing the USA‘ will be studied by all students.

Entry requirements

Students must have achieved at least Grade B in GCSE English Language or GCSE English Literature


In Year 12, students take units 1 and 2 to achieve AS Level, which are both assessed by a written examination of 1 hour and 20 minutes. In Year 13, units 3 and 4 are taken to achieve A2 Level, and these are both assessed by a written examination of 1 hour 30 minutes. There is no coursework.

Future opportunities

This A Level provides students with adaptable skills which enable them to understand and assess ideas and arguments and to construct and communicate clear answers to problems based on well-validated evidence. It is suitable for progression to degree courses such as politics and international politics/relations, history, law, geography, economics, social policy and business.

The study of politics can lead to a variety of careers within areas such as law, journalism and broadcasting, business, management, publishing, local government, public policy and policy research, interest groups, local government and the voluntary sector, as well as within politics itself.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Yavneh College directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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