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Government and Politics A level at Shoreham Academy

Course description

Any student who enjoys history or has an interest in current affairs is also likely to enjoy this stimulating subject. The ability to write essays which look at range of different opinions is essential for examination success. In lessons we will use a variety of different methods to explore this diverse topic ranging from debates and presentations to watching documentaries and role-play. All these activities will help to develop a wider understanding of politics and its influence on your life.

Course content

AS Subject Content

Unit 1: People, Politics and Participation

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

Unit 2: Governing Modern Britain

  • The British Constitution
  • Parliament
  • The Core Executive
  • Multi-level Governance

A2 Subject Content

Unit 3A: The Politics of the USA

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

Unit 4A: The Government of the USA

  • The Constitution
  • US Congress
  • The Executive
  • The Supreme Court

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE A*-C which must include GCSE Maths and GCSE English. A grade B or above in a GCSE of a similar subject is preferable but not essential.

Assessment

AS

People, Politics and Participation: 80 marks

  • 50% of AS, 25% of A Level
  • 1 hour 30 minutes written examination
  • Two structured, source-based topics from a choice of four

Governing Modern Britain: 80 marks

  • 50% of AS, 25% of A Level
  • 1 hour 30 minutes written examination
  • Two structured, source-based topics from a choice of four

A2

The Politics of the USA: 80 marks

  • 25% of A Level
  • 1 hour 30 minutes written examination
  • Two topics from a choice of four

The Government of the USA: 80 marks or GOV4B Political Issues: Ideologies in Action

  • 25% of A Level
  • 1 hour 30 minutes written examination
  • Two topics from a choice of four

Future opportunities

Learners who study this subject may enjoy studying Politics, Law or History at University; however it is also beneficial to students who want to study newer degrees such as International Politics or American Studies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shoreham Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 September 2016
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