A level Government and Politics is a two year qualification with three components. It is a qualification that requires you to have a detailed understanding of current affairs in the UK, and internationally and asks you to use this understanding to create an analytical framework.
Component 1: UK Politics 33.33% of the course
- Political Participation: democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media.
- Core Political Ideas, students will study: conservatism, liberalism, socialism.
Component 2: Governing the UK 33.33% of the course
- UK Government: the constitution, parliament, Prime Minister and executive, relationships between the branches.
- Optional Political Ideas, students will study:
one idea from the following: anarchism, ecologism, feminism, multiculturalism, nationalism.
Component 3: Comparative politics 33.33% of the course
Students will study the US Constitution and
federalism, US congress, US presidency, US Supreme Court, democracy and participation, civil rights.
At the end of Year 12, students will sit an AS exam which covers the first two components of the course.