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Government and Politics AQA A Level at Lea Valley High School

Course description

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 will acquire knowledge of the structures of authority and power within the political system of the United Kingdom and are encouraged to think and debate more widely about how other political systems may differ. In the ever changing environment of British and world politics, it essential to understand and scrutinise the processes that keep the world running on a day to day basis.

Course content

There are four units to be completed over the two year course. Units 1 and 2 are covered in year 12 and units 3 and 4 are covered in year 13.

The first unit focuses on the theme of 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 two focuses on the process of governing the UK, with power dispersed from local to European levels. The extent to which Britain's unique constitution regulates the process of government and maintains the balance between individual rights and the power of the state is explored.

Moving into year 13, Unit 3A requires synoptic assessment and it is expected that students will draw upon and extend the political knowledge, skills and conceptual understanding gained from their AS studies and make the necessary connections between the areas studied. In the assessment of this unit credit will be given for appropriate references to contemporary developments, issues and debates in the areas covered, focussing on the politics of the USA. Unit 4A analyses and evaluates the government of the USA, looking closely at the laws and constitution, and the three branches of the USA government.

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSE A* ‐ C including English Language at grade B or better and Mathematics at grade C or better
  • GCSE Citizenship, History or RE at grade B or better

Future opportunities

Students who study Government and Politics can go on to study higher level courses, including foundation and undergraduate degrees and/or BTEC Higher Nationals in a wide range of subjects, including but not limited to, Law, Economics, Politics and International Relations. Government and Politics students can go into a wide range of jobs, including politics, advertising, education, marketing, retail, finance, sales, law and journalism.

Further information

Further Reading:

AS UK Government and Politics - M . Garrett, P. Lynch ‐ Phillip Allan Updates, 2005

Understanding AS Government and Politics - C .Wilson, MUP 2003

Contemporary British Politics - B.Coxall, L.Robins, R.Leach, Palgrave, Macmillan, 2003

Politics U.K - B.Jones – ed, Pearson Education, 2007.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lea Valley High School directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016
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