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Government and Politics A Level at Accrington St Christopher's Church of England High School

Course description

It is fast paced, exciting and there are no right or wrong answers only what you are able to argue convincingly! If you enjoy engaging with current affairs and political issues and are interested in who wields power and influence in our modern world then Government and Politics is the subject for you. 

Course content

AS -

Unit 1; People, Politics and Participation; Elections and Voting Behaviour, Political Participation, Political Parties and Pressure Groups.
Unit 2; Governing Modern Britain; The Institutions of Government, the British Constitution, the Houses of Parliament, the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Judiciary.
A2 - 
Unit 3; The Politics of the USA; Primaries, Caucuses and General Elections, Voting Behaviour, Political Parties and Pressure Groups and PACs.
Unit 4; The Government of the USA; The American Constitution and the Federal System of Government, The President and Federal Bureaucracy, Congress and the Supreme Court.

Entry requirements

The course involves a great deal of reading, note-taking and essay writing so you must feel confident in these skills. An enquiring mind and a determination to work hard are essential, as is an interest in current affairs in order to appreciate the broad impact of politics. 


We follow the AQA Specification and there is no coursework element, you will be required to take 2 exams at AS and 2 exams at A2. Students sit exams in January and June and each exam is worth 25% of your final A-Level Grade. 

Future opportunities

Politics will be a new subject to the majority of you and is therefore an opportunity to study something fresh and new. Studying politics will give you an insight into the way the world around you works at local national and European levels. You will be encouraged to debate and discuss, critically analyse and present arguments both orally and through essay writing, these skills are essential whether you decide to go into Higher Education or a career after A-Levels. As part of the Government and Politics course we visit Parliament for a tour and to meet with our local MP and visit the Supreme Court. The Government and Politics Department also leads an enrichment visit to Washington and New York where students visit UN Headquarters, The White House, Congress, the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Accrington St Christopher's Church of England High School directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2016
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