Government and Politics
Dept - Government Politics
Type of Qualifcation - AS/A2
Exam Board - Edexcel
Additional Entry Requirements -
No previous study of the subject required
Paper 1. This paper is entitled UK Politics. It is divided up into two sections with one being on Political Participation and the other on Core Political Ideas. The Political Participation section covers political parties, electoral systems, voting behavior and the media and general theories about UK democracy. In the Core Political Ideas our focus will be on either Liberalism, Conservatism or Socialism,
Paper 2. This paper will consider the UK government. It is divided up into two main sections. In the first part the focus will be on the constitution, parliament, the Prime Minister and the executive and the relationship between the different areas of government. In the second part we will study one political concept from the following: anarchism, ecologism, feminism, multiculturalism, nationalism.
Paper 3. This paper will be on Comparative Politics. The main themes to consider are theories of Global Politics, sovereignty and globalisation, global governance: political and economic, global governance: human rights and environmental concerns, power and developments, regionalism and the European Union.
Style of Assessment
All three papers are assessed using a two hour written examination. In Section A there will be two 30 mark questions to answer and for each question the pupils will be given a choice of two essays. In Section B there will be one 24 mark question to be answered from a choice of two. The Assessment for Paper 3 follows a different format, with there being three sections. Section A is one 12 mark question from a choice of two, Section B has one compulsory question and Section C has two 30 mark questions from a choice of three.
Whose kind of course?
The Government and Politics A–level is suited to pupils who have a good command of English and who are interested in the modern world. The lessons really focus on political developments in the UK and Europe. As such, anyone who is interested in key issues affecting the country will enjoy the course.
Each year we attend a Politics conference in Westminster and the speakers in 2016 included John Bercow, Jacob Rees–Mog, Hilary Benn, Douglas Carswell, Caroline Lucas, Chris Grayling, Angus Robertson and Norman Lamb. We have been to the European Parliament in Brussels and had talks from an MEP and key officials who work in the Institutions there.
Stretch and challenge – Aiming for A*
There is no limit to the extra-curricular research that can be done for this subject. Indeed, many pupils have become so interested the key issues being debated by the political parties that they constantly investigate key topics and write well authenticated essays. Such pupils invariably do very well in the subject.
When writing an answer for a Government and Politics essay, pupils need to evaluate evidence and construct a logical, reasoned response. As such any career requiring good communication skills and the ability to organise and utilise information will look favourable on having a Government and Politics A level.