Government and Politics

Awarding body: Edexcel

Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced GCE courses

Course content and examination requirements:

Politics is about arguments so there is always something to debate. The course is highly geared towards contemporary political events so it is important to watch discussions on TV and read the newspapers.

Politics is a fundamental aspect of all our lives, pervading countless areas of day-to-day living with decisions of politicians directly affecting us.  The study of politics provides the opportunity to develop important skills, particularly communication and the ability to argue clearly and confidently.

Year 12 - AS Units

Unit 1

People and Politics

This unit examines channels of communication between government and the people eg the nature of democracy, referenda, pressure groups. It is assessed by means of a 1 hour 20 minutes written examination.

Unit 2

Governing the UK

In this unit students study major government processes in the UK and relations between institutions. It is assessed by means of a 1 hour 20 minutes written examination.

Year 13 - A2 Units (full GCE)

Unit 3

Themes in political analysis.

Topic B: Introducing political ideologies, focusing on Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism and Anarchism.

The unit is assessed by means of a 1 hour 30 minutes written examination.

Unit 4

Extended themes in political analysis

Topic B: Other ideological traditions, focusing on Nationalism, Feminism, Ecologism and Multiculturalism,

The unit is assessed by means of a 1 hour 30 minutes written examination.

Entry Requirements:

Government and Politics as a subject in its own right is only studied in the Sixth Form and there are no specific entry requirements for the course.

Relevance to further studies and careers:

Career options available for those who have studied Government and Politics include Law; Media; Local or National Government; Journalism; Civil Service.

Teaching staff / further information: Mr Skidmore