Government and Politics

Faculty: Humanities

Level: A-Level

Examination Board/website: AQA (www.aqa.org.uk)

Course outline:

The new A-Level Government and Politics course comprises three units of study, which are:

  1. The government      and politics of the UK,
  2. The government      and politics of the USA
  3. Political ideas.

This is fascinating time to study politics. By choosing this option you will understand better why Britain voted for Brexit and why the Americans voted for Trump.

The course allows you to include up to date events in your exam answers. Therefore we study the rise of nationalism in Europe and America, the relations between Russia and the West and what alternative systems of voting there are around the world.  

We also study political ideas, the fluctuating fortunes of political ideologies, and the roots of the liberal democratic way of government both the UK and USA created over the last few hundred years.

Assessment Details: 

A-Level

Paper 1

What's assessed

Government and politics of the UK

 

How it's assessed

• Written exam: 2 hours

• 77 marks

• 33⅓ % of A-level

 

Questions

A mixture of medium length ‘explain’ and   essay style questions.

Paper 2

 

What's assessed

• The government and politics of the USA

• Comparative politics

 

How it's assessed

• Written exam: 2 hours

• 77 marks

• 33⅓ % of A-level

 

Questions

A mixture of medium length ‘explain’ and   essay style questions.

Paper 3

 

What's assessed

Political ideas

 

How it's assessed

• Written exam: 2 hours

• 77 marks

• 33⅓ % of A-level

 

Questions

A mixture of medium length ‘explain’ and   essay style questions.

 

 

Skills/Aptitudes required being successful in this course:

Students need to follow the news on a daily basis and have an interest in current affairs. Students will be required to be fully committed through regular attendance, extensive reading, completion of homework, etc.  The ability to read, comprehend and critically examine information is essential. Students will be expected to work independently, as well as in groups in order to analyse and evaluate political developments and historical sources. An interest in discussion and debating is desirable. 

Complementary subjects:

Government and Politics complements a wide variety of subjects ranging from social sciences to the natural sciences, creative arts, and languages. These include History, Psychology, Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Art, Language and Law. 

Pathways – Career and /or further study possibilities, using this subject:

Students who study Government and Politics can consider pursuing courses that lead to the following professions in particular:

  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Social Work
  • Education
  • Government/ Civil Service
  • Business/Finance

For further information, please contact: Mr Hines (Head of History & Politics and HLP) Hinesp@hendonschool.co.uk

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