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A Level Government and Politics at Spalding Grammar School

Course description


The study of Government and Politics in the Sixth Form attracts those who have an enquiring mind, a keen interest in current affairs, party politics and the constitution of the UK, plus the confidence to debate both sides of topical issues and the ability to communicate ideas effectively.

Subject Content

The AS course is designed to enable students to develop an insight into the way in which politics is central to an understanding of modern Britain. In addition, the course examines the key political principles, ideologies and institutions of the UK. There are two units of study:

Unit 1 (6GP01)

People and Politics: The importance of democracy and participation; electoral systems, referenda, the role of political parties and pressure groups. This unit introduces students to the key channels of communication between government and the people. It encourages them to evaluate the adequacy of existing arrangements for ensuring representative democracy and participation.

Unit 2 (6GP02)

Governing the UK: The nature of the UK constitution; the importance of Parliament; the power of Prime Ministers, ministers, civil servants and judges. This unit introduces students to the major governmental processes within the UK. It encourages them to develop a critical understanding of the role and effectiveness of key institutions, and of the relationship amongst them in the context of multi-level governance.

Two further units at A2 study the politics and government of the USA.

Each AS unit is assessed by an examination of 1hour 20 minutes duration. This will be worth 50% of the AS course. In each case the student will be given a choice of a numbered of structured questions.

Entry requirements

Where applicable, at least a grade B in GCSE History is required.

Students who have not studied GCSE History will require at least a grade B in GCSE English Language.

Future opportunities

Government and Politics would be suitable either for those who wish to pursue a distinctive and unique fourth AS level subject, or alternatively, it would neatly complement the courses in 20

th Century History. This course could also act as an additional AS course for those students in Year 13 who seek to maintain a broad selection of subjects in order to enhance their academic profile.

Those who choose this subject will develop a wider knowledge and understanding of the UK, its constitutional arrangements and its party politics. They will also acquire the necessary skills in analysis, synthesis and communication which will allow access a wide range higher education opportunities and will provide a firm foundation for many popular and rewarding careers including journalism, law, the civil service, local government, the heritage and leisure industry, new media, education and the world of business.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Spalding Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 06 August 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years