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Government and Politics AS and A Level at Thomas Whitham Sixth Form

Course description

Politics is vibrant, relevant and ever changing. Through research, discussion and debate students develop an understanding of the use and abuse of power. Students acquire an ability to analyse and evaluate information. These skills are sought after by all employers and are essential for a balances and caring society.


Schemes of work, notes on all topics, updates on political issues, links to useful websites, video clips and advice on answering examination questions can be found on moodle

 

Course content

Unit One

GOVP1 People, Politics and Participation

Electoral Systems

Participation and Voting Behaviour

Political Parties

Pressure Groups and Protest Movements

 

Unit Two

GOVP2 Governing Modern Britain

The British Constitution

Parliament

The Core Executive

Multi-level Governance

 

Unit Three

GOV3A The Politics of the USA

The Electoral Process and Direct Democracy

Political Parties

Voting Behaviour

Pressure Groups

 

Unit Four

GOV4A The Government of the USA

The Constitutional Framework of US Government

The Legislative Branch of Government: US Congress

The Executive Branch of Government

The Judicial Branch of Government: The Supreme Court

 

 

Assessment

Unit 1 – GOVP1 -  People, Politics and Participation

50% of AS, 25% of A Level

1 hour 30 minutes written examination

80 marks

Two structured source-based topics from a choice of four.

 

Unit 2 – GOVP2 -  Governing Modern Britain

50% of AS, 25% of A Level

1 hour 30 minutes written examination

80 marks

Two structured source-based topics from a choice of four.

 

Unit 3 –  GOV3A -  The Politics of the USA

25% of A Level

1 hour 30 minutes written examination

80 marks

Two topics from a choice of four.

 

Unit 4 –  GOV4A -  The Government of the USA

25% of A Level

1 hour 30 minutes written examination

80 marks

Two topics from a choice of four

 

Future opportunities

The most valuable part of the course is how you are trained to examine evidence critically and to use your conclusions to solve problems and present arguments.  This is why it is highly prized qualification for people entering careers in Law, Accountancy, Administration, the Civil Service, Business Management and Journalism as well as Education.

Further information

Annual trips to Houses of Parliament, visiting speakers, links with local M.P., student conferences as available.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thomas Whitham Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 22 November 2016

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