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Government and Politics A Level at St Angela's Ursuline School

Course description

Government and Politics is very much a ‘live’ subject. It involves the study of events which have happened and are happening all the time. Consequently, Government and Politics provides an explanation of the world which is unfolding around us and is directly relevant to life today. Through a study of Government and Politics, students will be able to explore how our country and others are governed and gain an understanding of political life. This course will appeal to students who take an interest in and enjoy debating current affairs and politics.

Course content

Students follow the Edexcel syllabus which is divided into four modules of study. Two modules equal in length are studied in Year 12 and these focus on the structure and workings of the UK political system. After attaining the AS at the end of Year 12, it is expected that students will proceed to take the full A Level in Year 13. The two modules taken in Year 13 are issue based and involve students in a study of politics in the United States.

 

Entry requirements

Students are required to gain a minimum of B at GCSE English and History. To succeed in Government and Politics, the student not only needs to be prepared to use the appropriate texts provided, but must read newspapers regularly and take an interest in current affairs programmes on television and radio. Personal research is vital if the aims of the subject are to be fully achieved. It is helpful if students have some knowledge of British History and good written English is essential.

AS Course of Study

Unit 1: People & Politics
a) Democracy and Political Participation
b) Party Policies and ideas
c) Elections
d) Pressure groups

Unit 2: Governing the UK
a) Constitution
b) Parliament
c) Prime Minister and Cabi - net
d) Judiciary

A2 Course of Study

Unit 3: Representation in the USA
a) Elections
b) Political Parties
c) Pressure Groups
d) Race and Ethnic Politics

Unit 4: Governing the USA
a) Constitution
b) Congress
c) The Presidency
d) Supreme Court

Assessment

Assessment is via modular examinations which are taken June of the first academic year. There is no coursework element to this qualification.

Unit 1: People and Politics
Length: 1 hour and 20 minutes
You will be required to answer two questions out of a choice of four.
Two short answer questions and one mini essay

Unit 2: Governing the UK
Length: 1 hour and 20 minutes
One structured question from a choice of two based on given stimulus material
One extended essay from a choice of two.

Unit 3: Representation in the USA
Length: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Three short answer questions from a choice of five
1 extended essay question from a choice of 3

Unit 4: Governing the USA
Length: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Three short answer questions from a choice of five
1 extended essay question from a choice of 3

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Angela's Ursuline School directly.

Last updated date: 15 March 2017
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