The examination board for A-Level Government and Politics is AQA. Further details about the course can be found here https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/government-and-politics/as-and-a-level/politics-7152
There are 3 units in total, these are all exam-based. All assessments are completed at the end of Year 13.
Year 12 focuses on Unit 1: Government and Politics of the UK
This unit introduces the basic aspects of how politics works within the UK, including:
- Structure and role of Parliament, including whether we should dismantle the House of Lords
- Comparing the British and American constitution; key debates on why America won’t abandon their right to arms
- The Prime Minister and cabinet; how far does our Prime Minister now act like a President?
- The Judiciary and the Supreme Court
- The role of devolution
- Democracy and participation – how can we get more people to participate in politics?
- Elections and referendums – how do they work and how can we get more people to vote?
- The differences between the main political parties
- What is a pressure group?
- Is it the right decision to leave the European Union?
There a two smaller exam units studied in Year 13:
USA politics and comparative politics:
- The Constitutional framework of the US government
- How Congress works and their ability to restrict the power of the Presidency
- What is the role and powers of the US President?
- How elections work in the USA
- Civil rights in the USA and the impact of the judiciary and pressure groups
- What are the key differences between the Republican and Democrat parties?
You will be expected to study three main core ideologies:
You will also be expected to study an optional ideology. The choices are: