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Government & Politics

A Level

What is Government & Politics

Everyone is affected by politics. It is about the way that people organise their lives together in a community. The important decisions that affect their lives concerning wealth, health, education and morality are essentially political decisions. Studying and talking about politics are a necessary aspect of social life and interaction.

If you enjoy questioning ideas and opinions and analysing perspectives; and if you would like to know more about modern political histories, ideologies and institutions, including who has power and authority and why, then you should definitely consider Government & Politics at Park Hall Academy.

Exam Board: Edexcel

Course Summary     

Unit 1


UK Politics and Core Political Ideas:

1. Political Participation, students will study:

Democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media.

2. Core Political Ideas, students will study:

Conservatism, Liberalism, Socialism.

Unit 2

UK Government and Non-core Political Ideas:

1. UK Government:

The constitution, parliament, Prime Minister and executive, relationships between the branches.

2. Non-core political ideas, students will study:

One idea from the following: anarchism, ecologism, feminism, multiculturalism, nationalism.

Unit 3

Comparative Politics - USA (3A):

The US Constitution and federalism, US Congress, US presidency, US Supreme Court and civil rights, democracy and participation, comparative theories.


What skills will I gain from studying Government & Politics?

You will develop:-

  • Critical thinking and questioning skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of political history and current affairs
  • Confidence in analysing and developing persuasive debate and argument

Where can I find out more information?

 Dr Browne:

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