Government & politics

Studying Advanced Level Government and Politics at King Solomon Academy

Why study Government and Politics?

Government and Politics is a study of the building blocks of different political systems. It is more than just elections and MPs – Politics cuts to the heart of the relationship between the leaders of a country and the people they serve. It helps us to understand the many political institutions and traditions that have come to exist and questions their continued validity in an ever changing society. For pupils interested in becoming leaders in their careers, looking at the big picture of a country or studying ethical issues, Government and Politics is strongly recommended.

What will we study at AS?

We will study the AQA specification. In year 12, the AS-level curriculum has two units. The first is ‘People, politics and participation.’ This examines the behaviour of voters, the structure of electoral systems, different political parties and pressure groups. The second unit is entitled ‘Governing modern Britain.’ This examines the British parliament, role of the Prime Minister and Westminster, and our relationship with Europe.

How is our learning assessed at AS?

In year 12 all Government and Politics pupils will complete two 90 minute exams, which each form 50% of the AS-level course, and 25% of the total A-level course.

What will we study at A2?

The A-level course in year 13 will involve two separate units of study. The first is entitled ‘Ideologies.’ Pupils will investigate Liberalism, Socialism, Conservatism and Fascism. The second unit is entitled ‘Ideologies in action.’ In this unit, pupils will examine some key political issues: ethnicity and gender; the environment; education; and the economy.

How is our learning assessed at A2?

In year 13 all Government and Politics pupils will complete two 90 minute exams, which each form 25% of the total A-level course.

Which subjects complement a study of Government and Politics?

Many subjects would complement Government and Politics. History, English Literature, Geography, Economics would all work well, but languages, science and maths pupils could all find Government and Politics enriching and interesting.

What could I do next with an A level qualification in Government and Politics?

Government and Politics would be helpful for applying to any Humanities based University course. It is especially beneficial for Law applications too.

Which skills will I be developing through studying Government and Politics?

Debating will be vital component of the course. Research and essay-writing are also integral skills that would be developed, as well as arguing and critically evaluating texts.

Are there any extra-curricular opportunities to support my study of Government and Politics?

Visiting the Houses of Parliament would be helpful, and is a trip that we would run. Reading a broadsheet newspaper regularly, watching Question Time and other political TV shows, and reading political biographies would all be recommended. A reading list can be obtained for any interested pupils in advance.

What are the KSA requirements for entry onto the course?

Government and Politics pupils will need to secure a B in GCSE History or Geography as a minimum entry requirement. Pupils will also need to be strong in English.