Government and Politics covers the development of political systems within Britain and the USA. A focus will be on how the political systems work in countries, studying how laws are passed, expressing the will of the people and scrutinising ruling bodies. We will also analyse how people can get involved within politics, why people choose not to do so and what restricts them from getting involved. Throughout we will compare Britain and the USA. There will also be coverage on a range of key ideologies that cover a wide range of systems throughout the world, including conservatism, socialism and liberalism.

Specific requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs (with 2 at grade B, and 3 at grade C) including English and Maths.
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  • G-Score of 5.4

What will I study?

Awarding Body:

  • AQA

Assessment:

  • Examination - 100%

Course Content:

  • Year 1

    • UK -How the system works – The UK Constitution, Parliament, Prime Minister and Cabinet, Judiciary, Devolution, European Union.

    • UK – Getting Involved – Democracy and Participation, Elections, Political Parties, Pressure Groups, Protest, Media

    • Ideologies – Socialism – Key Ideas and Beliefs, History, Case Studies, How it Applies to Society Today

    • Ideologies – Liberalism – Key Ideas and Beliefs, History, Case Studies, How it Applies to Society Today

  • Year 2

    • Ideologies – Conservatism – Key Ideas and Beliefs, History, Case Studies, How it Applies to Society Today

    • Ideologies – Feminism/Nationalism– Key Ideas and Beliefs, History, Case Studies, How it Applies to Society Today

    • USA-How the system works – The US Constitution, Congress, President and Executive, Supreme Court, Federalism.

    • USA– Getting Involved – Presidential Elections, Congressional Elections, Political Parties, Pressure Groups, Protest, Media

 

Where does it lead?

Our students move on to a wide range of careers, whether it be linked to Politics or not. The subject is primed for key civil service jobs and working with local political organisations but we also link well to other areas, such as Law, Sociology and Media. Many have progressed on to degree courses in a variety of subjects including History, Journalism, American Studies and English. We help to develop a wide range of skills that employers and universities look favorably upon when analysing applications, including the ability to debate, writing extensively with evidence and working effectively both as an individual as well as part of a group.

 

 

“I studied Government & Politics with Performing Arts and Film Studies at Cadbury College. I am now studying a degree in Politics at Demontfort University.”

Kayleigh Beere