A Level Government and Politics

Course Content

Year 12 AS level

Unit 1 - People and politics

Students study 3 topics; democracy and electoral systems, participation and voting behaviour, and pressure groups.
Questions that will be covered include; Why some people are so passionate about politics and others choose not to vote? Did the conservative party win the last election or did Labour lose it? Why do some political campaigns succeed and others fail?

Unit 2 Governing Modern Britain

Students study 3 topics; Parliament, Prime Minister and Core Executive, Constitution and Judiciary.
Questions that will be covered include; do backbench MPs make any difference?  Is David Cameron too presidential and powerful? Are rights properly protected in the UK?

Year 13 A2 Level

Unit 3 The Politics of the USA

Students will cover how American elections operate, voting behaviour of the American public, pressure groups, and political parties.

Unit 4 The Government of the USA

The unit covers the main institutions of US Government, the Presidency (including cabinet and EXOP), Congress, Supreme Court and the Constitution.

How will students be assessed?

Year 12 50% of final grade: Two 1 hour 30 minute exams (25% each)
Year 13 50% of final grade: Two 1 hour 30 minute exams (25% each)

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

In Year 12 students visit the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.

In year 13 students will have the opportunity to visit the USA. There will be the opportunity to compete in the prestigious institute of ideas debating matters competition.