Government and Politics A level

Examination Board & Specification: Advanced Level GCE AQA

AS Government & Politics (Year one)

There are two broad areas of study:

  • The government of the UK
  • The politics of the UK

The qualification is linear. This means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

In studying the government of the UK, students will learn about the essential structures and institutions that provide the framework of the UK political system. This will include the nature and sources of the British Constitution, the structure and role of Parliament, and the work of the Prime Minister and his/her Cabinet. The impact of the judiciary and the UK’s devolved institutions will also be explored.

The politics of the UK component analyses the nature of democracy. More specifically, students will study the characteristics of elections and referendums, assessing the role of political parties and pressure groups in seeking to influence opinion. There will also be opportunity to study the UK’s relationship with the European Union, highlighting the ever evolving nature of the subject.

A-Level Government & Politics (Year two)

There are three broad areas of study:

  • The government and politics of the UK.
  • The government and politics of the USA.
  • Political ideas.

The qualification is linear. This means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

In addition to studying the government and politics of the UK, students will gain an understanding of the government and politics of the USA. This duly provides a fascinating comparison for students, allowing them to gain an appreciation of the political culture in the United States and the American psyche. Finally, students will consider the core ideologies that underpin political theory, focusing in particular on liberalism, conservatism and socialism. In this respect, students will achieve a broad political education, one that prepares them well for further study.