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Government and Politics

Government and Politics

Entry Requirements

5 GCSE’s including English.

Course Content

At AS level students will follow a programme of study based on British Government and Politics.   

 The main topics include Elections, Political Parties, the Media, Parliament, the Prime Minister and Government, the Legal System and Civil Liberties, Britain and Europe.   

 The second year of the course is based on American Government and Politics.  The main topics are similar to those at AS, but in the context of the USA - Elections, Political Parties, Pressure Groups, Congress, the Presidency and the Supreme Court.

Assessment

AS Examinations 

 Unit 1 – GOVP1 (People, Politics and Participation) 

50% of AS, 25% of A Level 

1 hour 30 minutes written examination  

80 marks 

Two structured, source-based topics from a choice of four 

 Unit 2 – GOVP2 (Governing Modern Britain) 

50% of AS, 25% of A Level 

1 hour 30 minutes written examination  

80 marks 

Two structured, source-based topics from a choice of four 

 A2 Examinations 

 Unit 3 – GOV3A (The Politics of the USA) 

25% of A Level 

1 hour 30 minutes written examination  

80 marks 

Two topics from a choice of four 

 Unit 4 – GOV4A (The Government of the USA) 

25% of A Level 

1 hour 30 minutes written examination  

80 marks 

Two topics from a choice of four 

Students will sit regular Pre-Public Examinations for all units in preparations for their formal exams, taken in the summer series.

Career Pathways

Students will acquire developed knowledge of current affairs.  As they follow the course, events will be happening constantly in the news which highlight and illustrate the subjects being taught, and this really brings the course to life with floating topicality.  Students will also develop skills which can be applied to any future career path e.g. research, analysis of data and source material, and the presentation of carefully presented, balanced points of view. 

 Students will find it useful as an entry subject for further progression into just about any form of employment or higher education courses.  It would perhaps be especially valuable for students considering futures in fields such as Law, Journalism and the Media, Public and Social Services, Economics and Business, International Relations, Police and the Armed Forces – all of which would regard a knowledge of current affairs, and political and legal issues, as being particularly useful.

Extra-Curricular

There are many extra-curricular opportunities presented with this course. Mock elections take place in advance of an election.   

 

The school has been selected to take part in the Peers to Schools programme where a member of the House of Lords visits as a guest speaker. Students visit the Houses of Parliament and take part in a ‘Making Laws’ workshop 

All students are encouraged to join political parties, or at least sign up for their newsletters, based on their own personal ideological preference and even run for election.  

Students have successfully been elected to Kent Youth Parliament representing Thanet and two others were elected as Deputies.  

Recently students and teachers have appeared on BBC’s Question Time asking questions of prominent politicians and activists.