Government & Politics A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Padworth College
A-level Government and Politics enables students to develop their critical thinking skills and enhance their ability to interpret, evaluate and comment on the nature of politics. Students should be prepared to read newspapers and follow current events.
AS Year 1
Unit 1: People, Politics and Participation. Political behaviour in the UK – it explores how people’s different patterns of participation can be explained and the forms of participation in a democracy. The importance of voting behaviour, the influence of electoral systems in communicating political opinion and the controversies surrounding the use of referendums are crucial topics for analysis.
Unit 2: Governing Modern Britain. The process of governing the UK, with power dispersed from local to European levels. The role of Westminster in providing a democratic element in government is examined as well as the degree to which power rests in the hands of unelected bureaucrats.
A2 Year 2
Unit 3: The Politics of the USA. Amongst a number of topics we study the main characteristics of presidential and congressional elections and campaigns and the main influences on their outcomes.
Unit 4: The Government of the USA. We study a number of features of the government apparatus of the USA grounding all our work on the nature and significance of the US Constitution and the framework of government that it lays down. The importance of the constitutional principles of the separation of powers and checks and balances to the operation of government and the way that these apply in practice today.
A grade C or above in GCSE English.
Unit 1: A one hour 30 minutes written examination for 80 marks. 50% of AS, 25% of A Level
Unit 2: A one hour 30 minutes written examination for 80 marks. 50% of AS, 25% of A Level
Unit 3: A one hour 30 minutes written examination for 80 marks. Two topics from a choice of four. 25% of A Level.
Unit 4: A one hour 30 minutes written examination for 80 marks topics from a choice of four. 25% of A Level.
Fees may be charged for this course
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Padworth College directly.