Government and Politics
No prior knowledge of politics is required to study AS level Government and Politics. The course, over one or two years, provides a balanced political education, giving an opportunity to be really well informed about how the British system works.
The first year of the course introduces central ideas of politics: citizenship, democracy and participation, and examines them in the context of the political process within the UK.
- Unit 1 People and Politics – What is politics? Why are political participation and democracy important? An understanding of citizenship and the role of political participation in preserving the rights and freedoms of the individual. A knowledge of the main features of the British representative system: political parties, elections, pressure groups. Do elections guarantee democracy? What is the role of political parties? How important are pressure groups? What is the role and significance of parliament?
- Unit 2 Governing the UK – This unit provides an introduction to the major institutions of UK government, examines their relationship and considers their effectiveness. How adequate is the UK constitution? What is the role and the significance of Parliament? How powerful is the Prime Minister? Do judges deliver justice and defend freedom? What are the rights within the British system? Both units are assessed by a written examination in June of 1 hour and 20 minutes each.
The second year of the course introduces students to the subject of political ideology, examining their key ideas, historical development and current influences.
- Unit 3B Introducing Political Ideologies – This unit introduces students to the subject of political ideology and examines the major ideas of Liberalism, Socialism, Conservatism and Anarchism. Each ideology addresses issues such as:
- What is the existing social order and society like?
- What would a perfect society be like?
- How can change be brought about?
- How have these ideas changed over time?
- Are there any divisions within each ideology?
- Are any of the UK political parties influenced by these ideologies?
- Unit 4B Other Ideological Traditions – This unit addresses other political ideologies which have been influential mostly since the late 20th Century: Nationalism, Feminism, Ecologism and Muliticulturalism. Both units will be assessed by a written examination in June of 1 hour and 30 minutes each.
Entry Requirements: As stated in the Admission Policy
Exam Board: Edexcel