Government & Politics

How long does it last? Two years
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Students who take this course:
Students will want to investigate how governments are elected, how countries are run, and how we as individuals can become more engaged with the political process. Students will develop knowledge and an informed understanding of contemporary political structures and issues in their historical context, both within the United Kingdom (UK) and globally. Students will need to have a sense of enthusiasm about politics, an open mind and at least Grade 6 in English Language GCSE and ideally either History or Geography as well.

Course Description:
Our Politics A Level comprises of 3 components. The first year provides an understanding of how UK political systems works and how it is linked to contemporary concerns and events. The second year focuses on the politics of the USA, and political theories such as liberalism and nationalism. A Level encourages students to develop their capacity for critical thinking, to see relationships between different aspects of government and politics and to perceive their field of study in a broader perspective, including some comparisons with other political systems.

Component 1 – UK Politics
This introduces students to the key channels of communication between government and the people. It encourages them to evaluate the adequacy of existing arrangements for ensuring representative democracy and participation. We also study three core political ideals and conservatism, liberalism, socialism.
Assessment: 33.3% of A Level
Written examination: 2 Hours

Component 2 – UK Government
This introduces students to the major governmental processes within the UK. It encourages them to develop a critical understanding of the role and effectiveness of key institutions, and of the relationship amongst them in the context of multi-level governance. This also includes an in depth study of nationalism.
Assessment: 33.3% of A Level
Written examination: 2 Hours

Component 3 – US Government & Politics
This topic looks at the representative processes of the US political system and considers their adequacy in terms of popular participation and full democracy. It also looks at the institutional framework of US government and considers the interrelationships between its legislative, executive and judicial processes and the health of US federalism.
Assessment: 33.3% of A Level