Government and Politics

Government and Politics

Government and Politics

Government and Politics

EDEXCEL 9GP01
  • Unit 3: Introducing Political Ideologies
    Here we study the three political ideas at the centre of western political development.

    • Liberalism
    • Conservatism
    • Socialism

    Unit 4: Global Politics
    This will involve an exploration of the key issues facing the world in the 21st century.

    • Nuclear Proliferation
    • Global Terrorism
    • Human Rights
    • Humanitarian Intervention
    • Global Poverty
  • There is no formal requirement for studying AS-level Government and Politics although you must have an interest in the subject. If issues that are in the news do not arouse a sense of curiosity then the subject is probably not for you.

  • The course is assessed by two one and half hour exams that contain both essays and short answers. There is no coursework option available. Exams are only available in June of year 13.

  • Teaching methods vary but focus upon close guidance from your teachers in building up a comprehensive set of notes on the main topics. You will be expected to make individual presentations and to make your own notes on background issues. You will also be expected to follow current issues, read a broadsheet newspaper and sometimes watch current affairs news programmes. You will also be expected to attend conferences organised by organisations such as the Politics Association. In addition occasional talks will be given by politicians at school.

  • Like most A-level subjects Government and Politics is not a vocational end in itself. It is though very useful for a wide range of careers including journalism, law, the media, politics, the civil service, local government and business and management. In addition it is an excellent preparation for many degree courses based around the social sciences including PPE at Oxford and SPS at Cambridge.