A Level Government and Politics

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A Level

Awarding Body


Course Specification

Who to contact for more information about this course

Queries should be directed to Mr Ord

Years taught

Year 12 and Year 13

What is the course structure?

Learners will study two modules in the first year which are based on UK politics, then two modules in the second year which are based on US politics.

What will I study?


Module 1: People, politics and participation


This looks at the different ways in which the electorate are involved in politics. This includes pressure groups, political parties and different voting systems.

Module 2: Governing Modern Britain


This looks at how decisions are made within parliament and the way in which Britain is run. This includes the British constitution, Parliament and both houses of Westminster, the office of Prime Minister, what that means, who has held it and the different styles they have used.


Module 3: The Politics of the USA


How elections work in America is included here, and will involve in-depth analysis of the US Presidential election of 2016. We will again look at pressure groups such as the NRA in the US, as well as why some people always vote in certain ways.


Module 4: The Government of the USA


Learners will study the President and the different powers that he has, the Supreme Court and the way in which it works in the US system. Finally we look at the two houses of Congress and look at the various powers of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed with an exam attached to each module. There is the opportunity at present to sit the two UK based exams at the end of Year 12 and then the US exams at the end of Year 13.

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