A-Level Government & Politics
Why study politics?
Who should study politics, and why? The short answer is that everyone should study politics — all members of society should have a better understanding of the general rules under which they live. For these rules to be effective, as many people as possible should actively participate in making them, upholding them and maybe, changing them. This is what is meant by ‘active citizenship’. A healthy society is a society in which many people participate in political activity and do so with insight and understanding.
However, certain students will undoubtedly ﬁnd politics more exciting than others. What makes politics different as an academic subject is its emphasis on debate, discussion and argument. If politics exists because people disagree studying politics must mean studying how, why and when people disagree and taking an interest in these disagreements.
What is more, we study these things not as neutral observers but as active participants. Facts (what is) and values (what should be) are so closely entwined in politics that it is often impossible to prise them apart.
Politics is therefore particularly likely to suit students who:
• have an interest in the world around them — ones who want to know more about the society they live in, how it works and how it could work
• enjoy debate, discussion and argument — ones who are comfortable with the fact that in politics there are no simple ‘rights’ or ‘wrongs’
• like to think for themselves — ones who want to develop their own views, rather than accept the views of others
Five GCSEs at grades A* to C or equivalent.
Unit 1 – People and Politics
Democracy and Political Participation
Party Policies and Ideas
Unit 2 – Governing the United Kingdom
The Prime Minister and the Cabinet
Judges and Civil Liberties
Unit 3B – Introducing Political Ideologies
This unit introduces students to the subject of political ideology. It examines the major ideas of:
Unit 4B – Other Ideological Traditions
This unit examines the following ideological traditions:
|By final examination|
|Unit 1 – 1 hour 20 minutes|
Two structured questions from a choice of four
Unit 2 – 1 hour 20 minutes
One stimulus based question from a choice of two and one extended question from a choice of two
Unit 3 and 4 – 1 hour 30 minutes for each unit
Three short answer questions in each unit – both from a choice of five – and one essay question in each unit from a choice of three
Where does it lead?
Taking the Edexcel Advanced GCE in Government and Politics will give you adaptable skills which will enable you to understand and assess ideas and arguments, and to construct and communicate clear answers to problems based on well-validated evidence.
With a GCE in Government and Politics, you can progress to higher education courses such as honours degrees in politics, international politics/relations and political science as well as to degrees in related subjects such as history, geography, economics and social policy. You will also be able to progress to vocational qualifications such as BTEC Higher National.
Certiﬁcates or Diplomas in subjects such as; Public Services, Business or Media Journalism.
The study of politics can lead to a variety of careers within areas such as journalism and broadcasting, management, publishing, local government, public policy and policy research, interest groups, local government and the voluntary sector, as well as within politics itself.
AS Government and Politics (4th edition) Hodder Education By Philip Lynch & Paul Fairclough
Edexcel Government and Politics for A2 Hodder Education By Neil McNaughton