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Government and Politics

Exam Board Specification: Edexcel

How the course is assessed

100% externally assessed by two 80-minute examinations:

  • Unit 1 People and Politics
  • Unit 2 Governing the UK

Description of course

‘A’ level Government & Politics provides opportunities for developing an understanding of moral, ethical, social and cultural issues, together with an awareness of environmental issues, citizenship, and European developments consistent with relevant international agreements appropriate as applied to politics.

Those who complete this course will have an informed understanding of the workings of the UK political system. They will be able to discuss issues and developments within the main political parties, institutions and pressure groups which operate in our country.

  • The course is delivered during two double and one single (hour-long) period each week by Mr. Sullivan. Regular attendance is a necessity; remember-this is not a correspondence course.
  • All students are expected to contribute to lessons on a regular basis by making short presentations, contributing to discussions, explaining issues or simply answering questions and explaining their thoughts.
  • The set texts, handouts and other revision materials are provided throughout the course and students expected to use them on a regular basis.
  • Students are expected to complete a reading and a written homework each week.
  • Regular tracking assessments are set in order to monitor as well as encourage progress.
  • The school arranges a field trip to Westminster as well as attendance at a revision conference during year 12.

Higher education, future careers and progression routes

Higher education in law, economics, history, politics, international affairs, journalism, local government, and public affairs.

2016 Examination success rates:

100% pass rate

A*- B 27%

A* - C 73%

Entry Criteria:

Students must meet the Consortium minimum entry criteria for A Level courses, that is, a GCSE grade 5 and above in English and Maths, as well as a minimum of GSCE grade C’s and B’s (point score of 41.5).

To study A Level Politics students are also required to have a GCSE English grade 6.

Additional information:

  • Maintain an interest in current affairs. Watch the news and other current affairs programmes such as Newsnight, the Politics Show and The Sunday Politics on a regular basis. Students are expected to read the quality press and maintain an awareness of the latest political developments in order to inform their understanding of UK and world events.
  • Visit mainstream party political websites to view what they are offering voters or planning.
  • Go to the ‘isidewith.com’ website; complete the questions to discover where you stand on the political spectrum in terms of ideology and policies.

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subjectlead@southernconsortium.org.uk