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Government & Politics

Understanding People, Power and Ideas

Component 1: UK Politics

This component focuses on political participation in the UK.
Topics you will study include democracy and participation, rights in the UK, political parties, UK elections and voting behaviour and the media.

You will also learn about the Core Political Ideas of Liberalism, Socialism and Conservatism.

The 2-hour examination is at the end of the two-year course, and is worth 33% of your overall A-Level.

Component 2: UK Government

This component focuses on how the UK is governed.

Topics you will study include the UK Constitution, Parliament, the Executive, devolution and the European Union, as well as relationships between the different parts of the UK government.

You will also learn about another Political Idea: Feminism.

The 2-hour examination is at the end of the two-year course, and is worth 33% of your overall A-Level.

Component 3: Comparative Politics

This component focuses on studying the politics and government of the USA, and requires students to directly compare politics in the USA to politics in the UK.

The topics you will study include US pressure groups, elections, civil liberties and race relations, political parties, the US Constitution, Congress, the Presidency and the Supreme Court.

The 2-hour examination is at the end of the two-year course, and is worth 33% of your overall A-Level.

Advanced GCE in Government and Politics will give you adaptable skills which will enable you to understand and assess ideas and arguments, and to construct and communicate clear answers to problems based on well validated evidence.

With a GCE in Government and Politics, you can progress to higher education courses such as honours degrees in politics, international politics/relations and political science as well as to degrees in related subjects such as history, geography, economics and social policy. 

The study of politics can lead to a variety of careers within areas such as journalism and broadcasting, management, publishing, local government, public policy and policy research, interest groups, local government and the voluntary sector, as well as within politics itself.

If you have ever wondered what Brexit is all about, what the impact Donald Trump has had and how you are affected by government policy, this is the course for you.

Please be prepared to read newspapers, watch the news and access numerous political-orientated websites to help you keep up-to-date with the current political system.

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