Curriculum – Government & Politics
Why Study A Level Government & Politics?
Politics is about competition for power. Deciding who is allowed to exercise power and under what circumstances are issues of key interest to political scientists. Ensuring that this power is suitably curbed to avoid abuse is a matter of national importance to many and the history books are full of examples of those who have gone to extreme lengths to establish the political rights we enjoy today. Politics means different things to different people: to some it is a set of guiding principles and even a substitute for religion. At its best it can solve problems, offer alternatives, inspire radical change and allow people to live a better life, but all too often it may also stimulate frustration and anger.
Studying Government & Politics not only develops transferable skills such as essay-writing and presenting an argument, but it can also foster increased political participation, active citizenship and a more fully- functioning democracy. It is an academic subject, well respected by universities, which may facilitate further study in areas such as Law, History, Philosophy and International Relations
A level Edexcel Course Content
Edexcel Component One (9PL0/01): Students will study democracy and participation, the nature of political parties, different electoral systems, theories of voting behaviour and the impact of the media on politics. Students will also study the philosophical traditions of conservatism, liberalism and socialism, as well as their contemporary manifestations.
This exam is two hours long and constitutes a third of the total A-Level mark. The examination will consist of two 30 mark questions on political participation and one 24 mark question on political ideologies.
Edexcel Component Two (9PL0/02): Students will study the nature of the British constitution, the role of Parliament, the role of the Prime Minister and the Executive and the relationship between the different branches of the political system. Students will also study a further ideology (nationalism) in depth.
This exam is two hours long and constitutes a third of the total A-Level mark. The examination will consist of two 30 mark questions on The UK Government and one 24 mark question on the optional political ideology (nationalism).
NCS Government & Politics Enrichment
Annual Washington/New York Visit to see the White House, Pentagon, UN HQ and the Senate.
Evening lectures at the London School of Economics and Gresham College
University essay-writing competitions (including the R.A. Butler Politics Prize, Trinity College, Cambridge) Visits to key places of relevance including the Houses of Parliament
Mentor/Coaching from an outstanding NCS Ambassador
Bagehot W- The English Constitution
Griffith J- The Politics of the Judiciary
Hennessey P- The Prime Minister: The Office and its Holders Since 1945
Heywood A- Politics
Heywood A- Political Ideologies: An Introduction
Examination Board: Edexcel
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