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Government & Politics AS/A2 level at The Rodillian Academy

Course description

At Rodillian Academy we teach A level Politics through the Edexcel syllabus where we study the modules of political Issue. Unit One reflects the changing nature of Democracy and the relationship between the people and the state through the Module People and Politics. Unit Two the Governing of the UK helps students understand how and through which institutions the UK is governed. At A2 Students study Key themes in political analysis looking in particular at political ideologies and Unit 4 extended themes in political analysis.

Course content

Year 12:

Unit 1: People and Politics


Democracy and Political Participation โ€“ This topic evaluates what is democracy and is it important? How has Political Participation changed over the last twenty years, and are people still as actively involved in politics as previous generations?

The Party Policies and ideas โ€“ This topic looks at the features of Political Parties and government today. The difference between the left and the Right is examined. How are the current Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties different in their policies and ideas? The question also asked is how have the ideologies and policies of these parties changed?

Elections- This topic investigates what are the purposes of elections? How does the British electoral system work? What happened at the British General Election 2010? What are the implications for electoral reform and what other systems could be used? How does the UK party system work? As well as examining what the consequences of electoral reform.

Pressure Groups โ€“ The topic looks at the nature and functions of pressure groups. The distinctions between the pressure groups and parties. Why some groups are becoming more successful than others, and the changing nature and activities of Pressure groups


Unit 2: the Governing of the UK

The UK Constitution -This unit investigates the nature and functions of a constitution. The main characteristics of the UK and EU Constitutions and constitutional reform since 1978

Parliament-This unit looks at the nature and function of the UK Parliament.  Parliamentary and presidential parliament is examined. Whilst the structure of parliament, and the relationship between government and parliament is also investigated as well as looking at recent parliamentary reform in relation to the House of Lords and the House of Commons

The Prime Minister and the Cabinet- The unit examines the government examining in particular the changing UK cabinet, and collective cabinet. The role of the Prime Minister looking at the sources of prime ministerial power and authority and the role of Ministers 

The Judiciary and Civil Liberties- This unit investigates the nature of the judiciary, The political role of the judiciary the legal and constitutional environment of Judiciary



Year 13:

Unit 3: Key Themes in Political Analysis
Political Ideologies- This topic introduces students to the subject of political ideology and examines the major ideas of liberalism, conservatism, socialism and anarchism.


Unit 4: Extended Themes in Political Analysis
This unit extends studentsโ€™ understanding of key themes in political analysis.
Students will need to study one of the following topics: Currently students are given the option as a class as to which topic they would like to study.
Topic A: EU Political Issues
Topic B: Other Ideological Traditions
Topic C: Governing the USA
Topic D: Global Political Issues.

Entry requirements

Year 12:
Students must have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSEs grade C or above from different subjects, including English and Maths.

Year 13:
To study this course at A2 you will need to have successfully passed the AS course. 


Students complete two examination papers at the end of the AS year in June. Students that continue to A2 will sit a further two examinations in the following year. There is no coursework for this qualification.

Future opportunities

Politics is excellent for a wide range of careers, including politics law, psychology, journalism, research public services, medicine, business, journalism and teaching as it teaches the higher level skills required to develop and defend personal and professional views as well as critical thinking and essay writing skills.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 03 May 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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