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Government & PoliticsA Level

This course is dynamic and modern, studying politics at an advanced level including topics such as protest and dissent, the power of the mass media, the monarchy, nationalism and voting behaviour. The course examines concepts such as power, freedom, democracy, class, toleration and citizenship.

Students will engage with contemporary politics, reflecting current political debates such as where does power really lie and why the number of people voting in elections is declining. It will broaden political awareness and open up a wide range of careers, whilst developing critical thinking skills, analysis of the changing dynamics of modern politics and the ability to interpret, evaluate and comment.

Course Content

Unit 1 – UK Politics

The course analyses both the theoretical and practical aspects of politics throughout the UK by studying four key modules:

  1. Democracy and participation
  2. Political parties
  3. Electoral systems
  4. Voting behaviour and the media

Within these, key issues surrounding politics are evaluated and analysed to discover how we, the public, can participate in politics and have our views represented in numerous ways. We also study the impact and ideologies of the main political parties in the UK while considering how these ideologies work in practice to provide representation. We also analyse the different electoral systems used throughout the UK and formulate political theories concerning the reasons for why people vote for specific representatives.

Unit 2 – UK Government

The course analyses the institutions and key personnel involved in the running of the UK. It comprises four modules:

  1. Constitution
  2. Parliament
  3. Prime Minister
  4. Relationship between institutions

The course has a focus on keeping up to date with current developments in UK government and understanding how the institutions of UK government impact on the day-to-day running of the country. The course involves lots of discussion and debate surrounding the theory and realities of government in the UK and students are required to analyse and evaluate key information regarding the various elements of UK government.

Unit 3 – US and comparative politics

The course analyses how the political system of the US operates and functions by looking at the powers given to the three pillars of American federal government, the President, Congress and the Supreme Court. The focus of the course is split between political theory and practical politics to analyse current affairs and issues within US politics.

Additionally, we compare and contrast the democracies of the UK and US to analyse similarities and differences in the political systems. This is done through the direct comparison of the institutions, ideologies, voting behaviour, functions of governmental departments and constitutions using three comparative theories; Rational, Cultural and Structural.

Unit 4 – Political ideologies

The course focuses on 4 key political ideologies that have shaped, and continue to shape, British and global societies.

  1. Socialism
  2. Liberalism
  3. Conservatism
  4. Nationalism

Within the study of each ideology, we study the origins of the ideologies as well as how these ideologies are presented in modern society.

Key Facts

  • Course Level A Level
  • Assessment Breakdown Examination 100% - 3 exams
  • Assessor Edexcel
  • Entry Requirements Minimum 5+ Levels 4-9. 5+ English Language.
  • Online Learning Materials Interactive courses on our VLE including forums and online assessment