The A Level is comprised of three units. In 'Government and Politics in the UK' you will explore the nature of the British constitution, devolution, the roles of Parliament, Prime Minister, cabinet and judiciary. You will also consider how citizens can be involved in the practical processes of democracy such as through voting, political parties, pressure groups and protest movements. In 'The Government and Politics of the USA' you will complete an in depth study of the political systems and processes of America with an emphasis on comparison to Britain. Finally, in 'Political Ideas' you will learn about a range of ideologies such as liberalism, conservatism, socialism, feminism and anarchism.
Assessment is through written exam. Each paper is worth 33% of the total grade.
You will need the confidence to engage in debates and a passion for learning how countries are, and should, be governed.
Government and Politics is a highly respected A Level which can lead to a wide variety of academic degrees such as Politics, Law and History. It is particularly suited to those who wish to pursue careers in the legal field, journalism, or those wishing to work in local government. Graduates of Politics include a range of politicians such as David Cameron, Tony Benn and Jeremy Hunt, as well as people outside of the field of politics such as Harry Enfield, Rupert Murdoch and Nick Robinson (BBC political editor).
At least a grade 6 in R.E. or History and four other GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English.