Government and Politics


A Level

The course introduces students to the UK political system.

Unit 1

Students will study the factors that may affect why people vote for a particular party during election time. This part of the course is a sociological analysis of the factors that may affect how one votes, for example; class, media, economy. Students will also gain an understanding of our electoral system and be able to analyse it. Students then study political parties and pressure groups, their functions, their power and whether they enhance democracy. This unit also focuses upon the institutions that govern Britain. Students will study the Constitution and the Judiciary and its ever changing role. Students will also study the Prime Minister and his/her relationship with other Cabinet Ministers and the subsequent powers and constraints he/she may exercise. The final topic is on the Westminster Parliament and the other assemblies/ parliaments within the United Kingdom.

Unit 2

The Politics of the USA: Investigation into how American elections operate, voting behaviour of the American public, Pressure groups, and Political Parties.

The Government of the USA: The aspect covers the main institution of US Government, the presidency (including cabinet and EXOP), Congress, Supreme Court and the Constitution.

Unit 3 Political Ideas

This aspect of study will cover the following concepts: Core Ideas:

  • Socialism
  • Conservatism
  • Liberalism

Optional Ideas (two to be selected);

  • Feminism
  • Ecologism
  • Nationalism
  • Anarchism
  • Feminism


Mr M Wade: (HOD)