Government & Politics
Head of Department
Mrs Naomi Beeson
Mr Niall Oliver
- Examing Board: AQA
Government and Politics is the study of the structure of authority and power in society. The subject enables students to understand how their lives as citizens are affected by political activity. It lays the foundation for a continuing interest in national and international politics.
Qualification & Specification details:
Two units are studied in Year 13 for AS and a further two units in Year 14 to complete the A-Level.
Unit 1: People, Politics and Power
Unit 2: Governing Modern Britain
Unit 3: The Politics of the USA
Unit 4: The Government of the USA
Each unit is worth 25% of the total A level
The Politics student is taught to develop
* An analytical and comparative approach to the study of politics
* The skills of enquiry, evaluation and effective communication
* A critical awareness of political behaviour.
The A-Level syllabus does not require students to have any recommended prior knowledge. It offers an opportunity for someone with an inquiring mind to undertake the study of an academic discipline that is both relevant and new to him. 28
A-Level Government and Politics teaches skills which are extremely useful in a wide range of career areas. Many students choose to continue the study of this subject at university - either on its own or with others such as Economics, History and Languages. It has natural links with careers in Journalism, Law, the Civil Service, Political and Administrative careers at home and abroad. A successful academic background in this subject suggests a person with an awareness of the world in which he lives.