A Level Politics

 

AS Level

MPW approach to AS study

An integrated approach is used to teach the two AS units. At AS it is crucial that students develop the habit of reading newspapers and other media on a regular basis.

This is essential as the exams draw upon recent/current political news and developments such as general elections and leadership contests within the political parties.

AS Specification Number
Edexcel 8GP01

 

Unit 1: People and Politics

25% of A level
Written Paper: 1 hour 20 minutes
Students learn about the main features and possible reforms to democracy in the UK; the nature, central ideas, traditions and policies of the major UK political parties; elections in the UK and the nature of pressure groups and the relationship between them and democracy.

Unit 2: Governing the UK

25% of A level
Written Paper: 1 hour 20 minutes
Students learn about the features and benefits of a constitution and the position of sovereignty within the UK constitutional system and the roles of parliament, government and the judiciary. This will include a focus on the proposed reforms of parliament, the role of the

Prime Minister and Cabinet and the impact of the  courts on civil liberties issues and their relationship with the European courts and EU law.

Reading List

Author
TitleISBN
McNaughton  Edexcel Government and Politics for AS 4th Edition ISBN 9781444178807
Students may wish to acquire the following:  
R. Cochlin AS Government & Politics Course Companion for Edexcel Unit 1 People and Politics (Zigzag Education)
R. Cochlin AS Government & Politics Course Companion for Edexcel Unit 2 Governing the UK (Zigzag Education)

 

A2 Level

MPW approach to A2 study

At A2 we build on the skills developed at AS level as well as addressing the need for a higher intellectual standard. In particular it is vital to read widely around the subject to develop critical faculties to understand connections within the elements of the subject.

A2 Specification Number
Edexcel 9GP01

 

There are two possible routes in A level, both have a Unit  3 and a Unit 4. Each unit is worth 25% of the A level and is assessed through a 1 hour 30 minute exam.

Route A – US Government and Politics

Unit 3: Representative Processes in the USA

Students learn about the electoral mechanisms used in the US and acquire a knowledge of the ideologies, theories and traditions of the Democrats and Republicans.

 

Unit 4: Governing the USA

Students learn about the nature and principles of the US Constitution, constitutional rights and the structure and workings of Congress; develop an understanding of the extent and significance of party allegiance.

 

Route B Political Ideologies

Unit 3: Introducing Political Ideologies

Students learn about the core ideas, doctrines and theories related to Liberalism, Conservatism and Socialism, exploring and critically comparing these in relation to their views on human nature, the state, society and the economy.

Unit 4: Other Ideological Traditions

Students learn the core ideas, doctrines and theories of Nationalism, Feminism and Multiculturalism; explore the different types of Nationalism and look at competing feminist traditions and a range of multiculturalist views and their relationship to political stances such as Liberalism, Pluralism and Cosmopolitanism.

Reading List

Author
TitleISBN
Bennett  A2 US Government and Politics  ISBN 9781444183542
Heywood Political Ideologies ISBN 9780230367258
Students may wish to acquire the following:  
Storey US Government and Politics 2nd Edition ISBN 9780748638802
McNaughton  Edexcel Government and Politics for A2: Ideologies  ISBN 9780340987377

Anastasia

Grades achieved at MPW
A*A*A*

Progressed to
University College London (Economics) 

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Grades achieved at MPW
A*AABB

Progressed to
King's College London (International Relations)

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Grades achieved at MPW
A*AA

Progressed to
University of York (Law) 

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Grades achieved at MPW
A*A*A*A

Progressed to
University College London (Economics)

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Grades achieved at MPW
A*A*A*

Progressed to
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