In the AS year you will concentrate on people, politics, participation, governing modern Britain and the influence of the European Union on the UK. At A2 you will learn about US politics, US government and ideologies as well as political issues and ideologies in action. Throughout the year you will be assessed via essays, reports, presentations and mock exams. You must obtain at least a grade D at AS to progress to the second year of the A Level qualification. At the end of the A Level year you will have three, two-hour exams which will include extended questions and essays. You can find the full specification at: aqa.org.uk/politics
In year one you will study government and politics in the UK. There will be one, 3-hour exam at the end of the first year:
• The nature and sources of the British Constitution
• The structure and role of Parliament
• The Prime Minister and Cabinet
• Democracy and participation
• Elections and referendums
• Political parties
• Pressure groups
• The European Union In year two as well as the content from year one, you will also study:
• The Government and politics of the USA
• Comparative politics
• Political ideas As part of your study programme you are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours work experience in both year one and year two. This will help develop the personal qualities and skills required by universities and employers.
You will need 5 GCSEs grade 4 or above, including two at grade 6 and GCSE English at grade 5 or above.
This subject goes very well with A Levels in history, economics, law and English.
Students who have studied government and politics have progressed to either HNDs or degrees in: politics, international relations, law, journalism, sociology and social policy.
• Lynch P, Fairclough P, Cooper T, UK Government and Politics for AS/A-level (2017)
• Kingdom J, Government and Politics in Britain (4th revised edition) (Polity Press 2014)
• Heywood A, Essentials of UK Politics (2nd edition) (Palgrave Macmillan)