Exam Board: AQA
At AS level pupils will study the main features of British Government, such as Parliament and Political Parties. Pupils who continue with their study into A Level will focus on the role of the Nation State, Globalisation and Alternative Ideologies. The course is very accessible to pupils who have no prior knowledge of Politics.
The study of Government & Politics teaches pupils to consider different views and develop independent thought. It also improves skills of investigation and research. Pupils need to have an enquiring mind and an interest in current affairs. Lessons will involve pupils in communicating arguments and explanations in a coherent manner both orally and in writing. Pupils with AS or A Level Politics have access to a wide range of career and higher education opportunities. Politics should be considered as a choice because of its relevance to the modern world. Politics leads to university courses in such areas as business, economics, law, media and, of course, politics.
People, Politics and Participation
Political parties and pressure groups along with UK parliamentary elections and voting behaviour will be studied in this unit.
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Governing Modern Britain
This section covers the relationships between the British Cabinet, Parliament and the senior judges. It also analyses the rights and liberties of individuals as well as the means by which they can defend their freedom.
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Many political issues are covered, including the nation state, power, authority, rights, justice and political ideology including liberalism and socialism.
Ideologies in Action
This synoptic model draws on material from the entire course. Candidates need to draw upon their knowledge of UK Politics, Political Ideas and Concepts, Alternative Political Systems and the European Union.
Modules at the start of the course are examined in a similar way to GCSE in order to ‘ease’ pupils in. The course is mainly assessed through structured short answer and data response questions and the length of all the examinations are two hours. There is still an element of essay writing but many essays are in structured parts to make them more approachable to candidates. There will be an opportunity to visit The Houses of Parliament where there will the chance to question an M.P.
You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Government and Politics, which could lead onto higher education in areas of Governments and Politics or more general higher education courses. Pupils with AS or A Level Politics have access to a wide range of career and higher education opportunities. Politics should be considered as a choice because of its relevance to the modern world. Politics leads to university courses in such areas as business, economics, law, media and, of course, politics. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the government related sectors. With further training, you could go into a job related to Government and Politics such as working for the local or national government within areas of housing, tax, education, travel and other areas of government. You could also train further to become a member of parliament!