Government and Politics A Level (See Option Blocks on our website)

Social Sciences

Social Sciences
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We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code ND13
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

Politics � A Student Guide

This course is particularly suitable for students who want to study Economics, History, Sociology and English. It may also appeal to students who wish to study Government and Politics, History or Law at a higher level.

What type of student enjoys this course?

A-level Politics is a good choice for students considering a career in many professions, or those who simply want to understand how the UK�s government works. Politics goes well with Economics, History, Sociology and English. Politics does not just appeal to Social Science students, however: increasingly Science, Maths, Art and Drama students have enrolled to study Politics, giving them a broader perspective on the world. However, Politics is a valuable qualification for all students. Young people moving into professional roles need a sound understanding of how our society operates and how they can be empowered within it.

Politics provides you with the chance to study a new subject at Advanced Level. It is a fast moving subject, where history in the making is studied on a day to day basis. Students monitor political events on a daily basis and use them to explore and understand political language, concepts and systems.

Details

For teaching from September 2017 onwards

For A level exams 2019 onwards

An AS qualification is also available

Full details of the assessment and syllabus content

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/politics/specifications/AQA-7152-SP-2017.PDF

How will it be delivered?

Paper 1
What's assessed - Government and politics of the UK

How it's assessed
� Written exam: 2 hours
� 77 marks
� 33? % of A-level
Questions A mixture of medium length �explain� and essay style questions.

 

Paper 2
What's assessed
- The Government and politics of the USA and Comparative Politics
How it's assessed

� Written exam: 2 hours
� 77 marks
� 33? % of A-level
Questions A mixture of medium length �explain� and essay style questions.

 

Paper 3
What's assessed - Political ideas
How it's assessed

� Written exam: 2 hours
� 77 marks
� 33? % of A-level Questions A mixture of medium length �explain� and essay style questions.

 

 

 

Subject Core Content
Paper I Government and politics of the UK

- The nature and sources of the British Constitution
- The structure and role of Parliament
- The Prime Minister and Cabinet
- The Judiciary
- The politics of the UK
- Elections and referendums
- Political parties
- The European Union

Paper 2 The Government and politics of the USA and Comparative politics
Government and politics of the USA

- The constitutional framework of US government
- The legislative branch of government
- The executive branch of government
- The judicial branch of government
- The electoral process and direct democracy
- Political parties
- Pressure groups
- Civil rights

 

Comparative politics of the UK and USA
Students will study the following three theoretical approaches to the study of comparative politics:
� structural � rational � cultural
- constitutional arrangements
- their nature (codified/uncodified)
- similarities and differences between the devolution model in the UK and the
federal model in the USA
- the legislatures
- the executives
- judiciaries
- electoral and party systems
- pressure groups
- protection of civil rights

 

Paper 3 Political ideas
Students will study four ideologies.
- Liberalism
- Conservatism
- Socialism

Feminism (to be confirmed)
- Nationalism (to be confirmed)
 

Entry requirements

What do I need?

 

  • Grade 4 or above in English Language

  • An interest in current events

  • No prior politics knowledge/qualification needed to start the course

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Politics � A Student Guide

This course is particularly suitable for students who want to study Economics, History, Sociology and English. It may also appeal to students who wish to study Government and Politics, History or Law at a higher level.

What type of student enjoys this course?

A-level Politics is a good choice for students considering a career in many professions, or those who simply want to understand how the UK�s government works. Politics goes well with Economics, History, Sociology and English. Politics does not just appeal to Social Science students, however: increasingly Science, Maths, Art and Drama students have enrolled to study Politics, giving them a broader perspective on the world. However, Politics is a valuable qualification for all students. Young people moving into professional roles need a sound understanding of how our society operates and how they can be empowered within it.

Politics provides you with the chance to study a new subject at Advanced Level. It is a fast moving subject, where history in the making is studied on a day to day basis. Students monitor political events on a daily basis and use them to explore and understand political language, concepts and systems.