Government & Politics

The examination board for A-Level Government and Politics is AQA. Further details about the course can be found here

There are 3 units in total, these are all exam-based. All assessments are completed at the end of Year 13.

Year 12:

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?

Year 13:

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?


Political ideas:

You will be expected to study three main core ideologies:

  • Liberalism
  • Conservatism
  • Socialism

You will also be expected to study an optional ideology. The choices are:

  • Nationalism
  • Feminism
  • Multiculturalism
  • Anarchism
  • Ecologism