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Government and Politics

Exam Type: Linear 2 Year A-Level

Exam Board: Edexcel

Course Requirements:

It is expected that students will have achieved at least a Grade 6 in GCSE English Language to cope with the written aspects of the course. You do not need to have studied Government and Politics or Citizenship at GCSE in order to take an A-Level course in the subject. It is more important that you should have a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in politics and current affairs and a desire to explore new ideas.

Course Content:

You will study:

  • how to develop a critical awareness of the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes
  • what the structures of authority and power are within the political system of the United Kingdom and the USA, and how these may differ from those of other political systems
  • what the rights and responsibilities of individuals are
  • how to develop personal effectiveness through a critical awareness of political events and issues, an understanding of the main political viewpoints and the skills required to argue a case with relevance and coherence
  • a clear understanding of the theories, motives and values that underpin governmental decision making and the role of institutions in resolving conflicts and allocating scarce resources

The units covered will be:

Paper 1 – UK Politics

  • Political Participation
  • Democracy, Political Parties, Electoral System & Voting Behaviour
  • Ideologies – Libralism, Socialism and Conservatism

Paper 2 – UK Government

  • UK Government – Parliament, PM and tne Constitution
  • Ideologies – Feminism

 Paper 3 – Government & Politics of the USA

  • US Constitution and Federalism
  • Congress
  • President
  • Supreme Court
  • Democracy and Partipation
  • Comparative Approaches


By Examination only


Each Unit is a 2 hour written exam

84 marks

33.3% of A Level

Career Opportunities/Progression:

Government and Politics combines well with a range of other subjects to lead to university courses in such areas as business, economics, law, media, philosophy and, of course, politics.