A Level Government and Politics (Reformed 2017)

What is Government and Politics?

Politics is about how we are governed. It concerns the ways in which decisions are made with regard to government, state and public affairs; where power lies; how governments and states work; and different theories and practices such as democracy, equality, tyranny and violence. In the course, we look at the activities of political parties and politicians and all sorts of other groups and individuals who take part in political activity and help to shape the society in which we live.

What sort of student does it suit and what will you get out of the course?

Few students have a background in GCSE Politics. This is unnecessary, and many students choose the subject because - as with Economics, Law and Sociology - it is a "new", unfamiliar subject. It is especially suitable for those studying related disciplines such as the ones above and History, but it can work well as a third subject which contrasts with the main AS/A2 level courses selected. What is needed is an interest in current affairs (or a willingness to develop one), an open-minded appreciation of both sides of an argument and an ability to communicate views clearly on paper. One of the obvious advantages of Politics is that, by reading a newspaper or watching television, all sorts of useful examples can be incorporated into one's knowledge and understanding.

AS Level

MPW approach to AS study

MPW adopts an integrated approach to the teaching of these two interrelated units. Wide reading, not only of textbook and the MPW handouts, but also of newspapers and relevant websites is required, and students complete a minimum of two pieces of written work per week, in addition to the timed assignment.

AS Specification Number
Edexcel 8PL0

 

Component 1: UK Politics 8PL0/01
Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes. 50% of the qualification.

Content overview - Students will study:

• democracy and participation
• political parties
• electoral systems
• voting behaviour and the media.

Component 2: UK Government 8PL0/02
Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes. 50% of the qualification.

Content overview - Students will study:

• The constitution
• Parliament
• Prime Minister and executive
• Relationships between the branches.

 

 

Reading list

AuthorTitle
McNaughton  Edexcel Government and Politics for AS/A Level 5th edition 

A Level

MPW approach to A Level study

MPW adopts a linear approach to A Level study, working through each of the components in order across the two year period. Wide reading, not only of textbook and the MPW handouts, but also of newspapers and relevant websites is required, and students complete a minimum of two pieces of written work per week, in addition to the timed assignment. It is also paramount that students follow global political affairs to thrive in A Level Politics and it is recommended they read US news sources as well as UK ones.

A Level Specification Number
Edexcel 9PL01

 

Component 1: UK Politics 9PL0/01
Written examination: 2 hours. 33% of the qualification.
84 marks.

Content overview -

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.

Assessment overview -
Section A: Political Participation

• One 30-mark question from a choice of two (each question uses a source) – students must complete one of these. Plus one 30-mark question from a choice of two – students must complete one of these.
• All questions assess AO1, AO2 and AO3.

Section B: Core Political Ideas

• One 24-mark question from a choice of two, which assesses AO1, AO2 and AO3.

Component 2: UK Government 9PL0/02
Written examination: 2 hours. 33% of the qualification.
84 marks.

Content overview -

1. UK Government, students will study:
• 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.

Assessment overview -
Section A: UK Government

• One 30-mark question from a choice of two (each question uses a source) – students must complete one of these. Plus one 30-mark question from a choice of two – students must complete one of these.
• All questions assess AO1, AO2 and AO3.

Section B: Non-core Political Ideas

• One 24-mark question from a choice of two, which assesses AO1, AO2 and AO3.

Component 3: Comparative Politics 9PL0/3A or 3B
Written examination: 2 hours. 33% of the qualification.
84 marks.
Students study either USA (9PL0/3A) or Global (9PL0/3B) – MPW will
be studying 3A.

Content overview -
For USA (3A), students will study:

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

Assessment overview for 3A and 3B -
Section A:

• One 12-mark question from a choice of two, which assesses
AO1 and AO2.

Section B:

• One compulsory 12-mark question focused on comparative
theories, which assesses AO1 and AO2.

Section B:

• Two 30-mark questions from a choice of three, which assess AO1, AO2 and AO3.

Reading list

AuthorTitle
Mcnaughton Edexcel UK Government and Politics for AS/A level Fifth Edition
Lynch UK Government and Politics for AS/A Level (Fifth Edition)
 Mcnaughton Political ideas for A Level: Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism, Feminism, Anarchism