Government & Politics A2 Edexcel (US Politics Route)

Length of course: 5 half-day sessions
Boards: Edexcel (9GP01) only  

This is a board-specific course focusing on the core topics embedded in both units that make up the A2 level (9GP01) specification. It is only for students studying the US Politics route.

Exam practice is an essential element of the course. While each session is designed around one or two unit topics, the focus will be on how to apply the concepts in an exam context, structure of examination answers, and addressing the examination board's A2 assessment objectives: knowledge and understanding; analysis and evaluation; synoptic skills; communication.

The following topics will be covered:

Unit 3: Key Themes: Representative Processes in the USA (6GP03 C)

Students will consider how adequate these processes are in terms of participation and democracy.

  • Elections and Voting
  • Political Parties
  • Pressure Groups
  • Racial and Ethnic politics

There will be a focus on Part A and Part B exam questions throughout the week.

Unit 4: Extended Themes: Governing the USA (6GP04 C)

Students will consider the principles of, and perspectives on, the US Constitution (including Federalism) and go on to examine the relationship between the legislative, executive and judicial processes.

  • The Constitution
  • Congress
  • Presidency
  • The Supreme Court

There will be a focus on Part A and Part B exam questions throughout the week.