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Alevel Government and Politics at King Edward VI Aston School

Course description

Does politics really matter? Is our voting system fair, and would any of the major parties really change anything? Why do people vote as they do, and are we simply victims of media manipulation? Can the Coalition government last the course and is David Cameron providing effective leadership? Have the Liberal Democrats paid too high a price for a taste of power?  Can Ed Miliband revive Labour fortunes? Does America have “the best political system that money can buy”, and is the President really the most powerful man in the world? Can Barrack Obama win a second term against the background of weak economic recovery, public anger against Federal Government spending and continuing uncertainty in the Middle East? If understanding the stories behind the news, and getting to grips with the unfolding events and issues that shape our world in the present and future interests you, then Politics is a subject you should consider as one of your A-level choices. You will also have the opportunity to take part in a growing range of visits, seminars and question and answer sessions involving MPs and political experts – not least, the chance to visit Washington DC as part of your course. Politics combines well with other subjects and is a popular university option, either on its own or as a joint honours degree.


Course content

Course Content (AQA Specification)

1.         Year 12

i.          People, politics and participation, including voter behaviour, political parties and pressure groups

ii.          Governing modern Britain, including the British Constitution, Parliament and the Core Executive

2.         Year 13

i.          The government of the USA, including the US Constitution, Congress, the Presidency and the US judicial system

ii.          Politics in the USA including the US electoral process, voter behaviour, political parties and pressure groups.


Entry requirements

Students wishing to take Politics should have a grade A in GCSE English or History.  A good performance in GCSE Religious Studies or Geography would also be a useful indicator. An enthusiasm for current affairs, a good memory for factual detail and willingness to participate in discussion are expected from all candidates.



There is no coursework element. Each module is assessed through a written examination paper. 

If you wish to know more about the course, please speak to Mr. Amann .

Future opportunities

The Government and Politics course provides excellent grounding for university courses in Politics

Further information

If you wish to know more about the course, please speak to Mr. Amann.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Aston School directly.

Last updated date: 13 November 2015
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