Government & Politics

A Level Government and Politics

The nature of the Politics course, which relies on debate and discussion, means that it will only run if there is sufficient interest from pupils.

This course will help pupils to develop knowledge and understanding of the role politics plays in relation to current local, national and global issues, as well as studying key thinkers and political ideas. Pupils will study UK politics and government, which will give them the core knowledge of the Westminster system and an understanding of contemporary political debates. Pupils will then develop this knowledge and understanding and study three core political ideas (Liberalism, Conservatism and Socialism) and another from a choice of five. They can then contrast the UK political scene with a study of the politics of the USA.

Component 1: UK Politics

  • Political Participation: Democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media.
  • Core Political Ideas: Conservatism, liberalism, socialism.

Component 2: UK Government

  • UK Government: The constitution, parliament, Prime Minister and executive, relationships between the branches.
  • Non-core political ideas: one idea from the following: anarchism, ecologism, feminism, multiculturalism, nationalism.

Component 3: Comparative Politics: USA 

  • The US Constitution and federalism, US Congress, US presidency, US Supreme Court and civil rights, democracy and participation, comparative theories.