A Level Government and Politics

Subject area
A Levels
Duration
2 Years
Type of course
Full Time
Site
FCT

About the course

We don't always like politicians and the things that government do but the business of politics touches every aspect of our lives. And while we criticize governments for some of their policies, it is better than having no governments at all. Society just wouldn’t function without the elected body to decide, say, what taxes will be levied, how these taxes will be spent on things like health and education or how the country will be defended.

Knowledge is power. And this popular A Level gives you the knowledge to understand how governments work particularly in the UK.

Why should I take this course?
Government and Politics is the right subject for you if:
• You have an interest in the world around you; you want to know more about the society in which you live, how it works and how it could work
• You enjoy debates, discussions and are comfortable with the idea that in politics there is no right or wrong
• You like thinking for yourself and want to develop your own views rather than accept the views of others

Subjects covered

Subject Content
Unit 1: UK Politics

In this unit you will discover how people in the UK are linked to politics, through the themes of democracy and political participation, electoral systems and voting behaviours, and party politics.

Unit 2: UK Government
This unit focuses on the main institutions of the UK government such as Parliament, the Prime Minster and Cabinet.

Unit 3: Comparative politics

This unit considers the US Constitution and federalism, US congress, US presidency, US Supreme Court, democracy and participation, civil rights.

Assessment Pattern
Unit 1: UK Politics 2 hour exam
Section A: Political Participation One 30-mark questions from a choice of two (each question is based on a quote) – students must complete one of these.
Plus one 30-mark question from a choice of two – students must complete one of these
Section B: Core Political Ideas One 24-mark question from a choice of two

Unit 2: UK Government 2 hour exam
Section A: UK Government One 30-mark questions from a choice of two (each question is based on a quote) – students must complete one of these. Plus one 30-mark question from a choice of two – students must complete one of these. Section B: Optional Political Ideas One 24-mark question from a choice of two.

Unit 3: Comparative politics 2 hour exam

Section A: One 12-mark question from a choice of two.
Section B: One compulsory 12-mark question based on a source.
Section C: Two 30-mark questions from a choice of three.

Resources required
Students will need to purchase a textbook.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grade A*-C, including English Language and Maths grade 4 or above.

Further subject information can be obtained from the
Examination board website at:
www.edexcel.com