GOVERNMENT & POLITICS OVERVIEW
This course is an excellent way of learning to understand the modern world. The study of British and global issues offers the students an insight into some of the most important forces that shape all our lives.
To learn both British and global government and politics; to learn about the structure and workings of the British system; to learn about the ideologies that fashion institutions and politics; to examine global political issues such as terrorism; to argue in an informed and coherent way.
A2 – Edexcel 9GP01
This subject is divided into four units, all of which are examined in timed conditions; there is no coursework.
Unit 1: People and politics
This unit examines the relationship between the government of the UK and the people. Students are encouraged to think about how effective British democracy is, considering issues such as the electoral system.
Unit 2: Governing the UK
In this unit, students learn to understand the structure of government in the UK, including the constitution, the role of the Prime Minister, and the role of the judiciary.
Unit 3B: Introducing political ideologies
This unit looks at political ideologies, in particular liberalism, conservatism, socialism and anarchism.
Unit 4B: Other ideological traditions
In this unit, students explore ideological traditions that have evolved from, or been created to oppose, the traditional political thoughts of conservatism, liberalism, and socialism. We will consider how nationalism, feminism, ecologism, and multiculturalism have developed and been applied throughout the world.
Please Note: The specification for Government and Politics will change when the course becomes a linear A Level (first teaching 2017; first examination 2019).
Government and Politics would suit students who are interested in current affairs, and who want to know more about the ideas and structures underlying events. Students must be willing to keep up with the news, and to think about how their subject is evolving.
OTHER SUBJECT COMBINATIONS
This A level would work well with other arts subjects such as English and History. It may also help to diversify a more science-based set of subjects.
POTENTIAL DEGREE COURSES & CAREER CHOICES
Government and Politics would support an application for any arts subject. It would also demonstrate a general ability to handle detailed information, to construct a balanced argument and to form a judgement. These skills are invaluable in many degree subjects. Career choices are also very wide: business, law, politics, education and many other fields.