Government and Politics

Government and Politics

Government and Politics

Government and Politics

EDEXCEL 8GP01
  • Here the focus is on British Government and Politics with also a more limited study of the USA for comparative purposes.

    Unit 1: People and Politics. This is about citizenship and how ordinary people are involved in the political process. We study how Tony Blair transformed the Labour Party. In particular we focus on the study of pressure groups, the beliefs of the main parties and how the electoral system works. Unit 2: Governing the UK. This is about Parliament, Commons, Lords the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Civil Service and how they administer and run the country. We also look at how the British constitution works.

    AS-level Government and Politics encourages a wide range of skills. The most important of these is developing the ability to assimilate, understand and analyse current issues using a wide range of sources. You will develop essay writing skills, the ability to synthesise and present coherent arguments and to undertake individual research using the growing collection of resources in the LRC including monographs, newspapers, political journals and CD ROM. The ability to write in a clear and logical fashion will serve you well in later life.

  • 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.

  • There will be two examinations of one and half hours each in June, containing a variety of short answer and data response questions as well as the opportunity for extended writing.

    You will have a re-sit opportunity the following January.

  • 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.