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Government & Politics - A Level at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College

Course description

Main course features: 
Six units:
• Democracy
• Political Parties
• Pressure Groups
• Parliament
• Prime Minister and Cabinet
• Judiciary


Course content

Main course features: 
Six units:
• Democracy
• Political Parties
• Pressure Groups
• Parliament
• Prime Minister and Cabinet
• Judiciary


Entry requirements

This course will help you understand the political systems of the United Kingdom.
You will explore the strengths of the UK’s democracy and form opinions on the
policies of the major parties. It will highlight the role played by Pressure Groups, both
negatively and positively, in society. From Unit Two, you will see how Politics functions
in the UK. You will understand how parliament operates and evaluate the distribution
of power in the UK. You will form an opinion on whether you think the UK’s Prime
Minister is weak or strong. The final section of the course will examine the role of
the Judiciary in the UK. You will examine human rights and see how it impacts on UK
politics. You will form an opinion on whether you think human rights, in their current
form, are worthwhile and whether judges work in the interests of democracy or not.


Two exams:
50% AS: Unit One – Answer two sections from four. This assessment
contains two short five-mark definition questions, two medium length explanation
questions and two essay questions.
50% AS: Unit Two – Section one contains one source and requires a definition and
explanation of a political concept with reference to the written source. Students
must also complete an essay. Section two is an extended essay worth forty marks.
There is no coursework assessment.

Future opportunities

Study at university:
• Government & Politics
• History
• Law
• International Relations
• Charities
• Pressure Groups
• Think Tanks


Further information

Contact Name: George Stylianou Curriculum Leader - Humanities
Contact Email:

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 03 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: GPAS-DJH119
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