King James' School

Government & Politics

Government & Politics

What’s it all about? 

If anyone says they are not interested in politics - they are lying! 

Politics is the most social of all the A levels.  It promotes dealing with issues of conflict and diversity but ultimately leads to conflict resolution. 

Politics affects every aspect of everyone’s lives, from the price you pay for petrol to the wars your friends end up fighting.  The AS and A2 Government and Politics course takes students from no knowledge of the political systems of the world to becoming experts whose knowledge of the details of systems and ideology is invaluable.  Two units are studied in each year, with two component parts of each unit.  Year 12 students examine the reasons for people voting in different ways, the voting systems itself, political systems of the UK and the structures of parliament, as well as looking closely at the three main and minor political parties and the pressure groups that lobby and check their work.  Year 13 students look at ideologies in detail and the application of these ideologies in political systems past and present.  We go on a variety of trips, from Leeds Crown Court to London, with the visit to Krakow in Poland the pinnacle of Year 13.  

Exam and Assessment Information: 

AQA 7152

(AS AQA 7151) 

Year 12:  Government and Politics of the UK - Mix of short, extract and essay questions.  Worth 33.3% of A Level (100% of AS Level). 

Year 13:  The Government and politics of the USA and comparative politics - Mix of short, extract and essay questions.  Worth 33.3% of A Level

Political ideas - Mix of short, extract and essay questions.  Worth 33.3% of A Level. 

To get started: 

Five GCSE grades at A*-C, including a grade 5 in English Language, are required.

The AS and A2 courses are both examination-only courses, with no coursework.  A degree of confidence with examinations is therefore important, as is the ability to revise effectively.  However, Government and Politics fits in with both essay based and more scientific subjects, although again the ability to write an essay is an advantage.  This skill will, however, be taught.  Confidence in literacy is very important. 

Students should be prepared to read newspapers and articles, watch news and current affairs programmes… and debate!  Willingness for participation as well as a literate and enquiring mind are a must.

What next? 

Where to start!  David Cameron, Ed Miliband, David Dimbleby, Evan Davis, Will Self, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton…all these politicians have degrees either in politics or with a strong politics component.  But many comedians, actors, lawyers have degrees in politics too; as do teachers, accountants…it’s a subject that leads to everything and rules out nothing.

Our students say … 

“To understand what is wrong with society, I first need to understand how it works.”  Joe  

“You argue, you fall out, you disagree and vow never to agree again…but you learn, you understand and you enjoy every minute!”  James

Government & Politics