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  • A-Level Government and Politics

    Are you intrigued by politics? Curious about government? Planning a career in the civil service? Then A Level Government and Politics is the course for you. It is the perfect course for those looking to deepen their understanding of the world we live in, as well as those looking to study the subject at university level.

    • Course Description

      A Level Government and Politics

      Course code: HSAL07

      Delivery method: Paper based pack

      Course duration: 24 Months

      Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed

      Award achieved: AQA A Level Government and Politics

      Awarding body: AQA

      Are you intrigued by politics? Curious about government, how it works and what it is really for? Planning a career in the civil service? Then A Level Government and Politics is the course for you. It is the perfect course for those looking to deepen their understanding of the world we live in, as well as those looking to study the subject at university level.

      If you want to understand why the political system is the way it is and how this can be influenced and shaped then you will find this course both informative and intriguing.

    • Government and Politics course overview

      A Level Government and Politics enables you to develop a critical understanding of politics, its processes and the ability to critically evaluate the system. This encourages you to be an informed and active citizen. You will cover politics in the USA and the UK and look at subjects like people, politics and participation as well as how Britain is governed in the modern day.

      Upon successful completion of the exam and practical assessments (as administered by AQA), you will have achieved an internationally recognised AQA A Level Government and Politics.

      Skills gained

      • You will develop your critical thinking skills and the ability to interpret, evaluate and comment.
      • You will develop an awareness of the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas as well as institutions and processes.
      • You will develop an understanding of the structures of authority and how the political system in the United Kingdom works, you will also exam the differences with other systems.
      • You will gain an informed understanding of the rights and the responsibilities of the individual.
      • You will develop a passion in contemporary politics.

      Course outline

      This course is divided into 4 units:

      AS Level

      Unit 1: GOVP 1 People, politics and participation

      Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

      Unit 2: GOVP 2 Governing modern Britain

      Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

      A2 Level

      Unit 3: GOV 3A The politics of the USA

      Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

      Unit 4: GOV 4A The government of the USA

      Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

      Course content

      Unit 1: People, politics and participation

      Module 1: Participation and the behaviour of voting

      Module 2: Electoral systems

      Module 3: Political parties

      Module 4: Pressure groups and the protest movement

      Unit 2: Governing modern Britain

      Module 1: The British constitution

      Module 2: Parliament

      Module 3: The core executive

      Module 4: Multi-level governance

      Unit 3: Contemporary geographical issues

      Module 1: The electoral process and direct democracy

      Module 2: Political parties

      Module 3: Voting behaviour

      Module 4: Pressure groups

      Unit 4: The government of the USA

      Module 1: The constitutional framework of the US government

      Module 2: The legislative branch – US congress

      Module 3: The executive branch

      Module 4: The judicial branch

      Recommended reading

      British Politics in Focus

      Roy Bently and Alan Dobson, Causeway Press

      ISBN: 978-1873929933

      American Politics and Society

      David McKay, Wiley-Blackwell

      ISBN: 978-1405188425

      The European Union and British Politics

      Andrew Geddes, Palgrave Macmillan

      ISBN: 978-0333981214

      Assessment

      The AQA A Level Government and Politics qualification is gained once all 4 exam papers are successfully completed. The two exams make up the AS Level, the next two exams comprise the A2 Level and together they form the A Level. These exams are administered by the AQA and assessment centre details will be included with your course, as well as practice papers so that you are more than prepared for your assessments. You will need to contact your local examination centre to work through your coursework requirements.

      In addition, there will be a number of tutor marked assessments (TMAs) to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the course materials, with the tutor sending comments to guide you through any areas of potential difficulty, as well as a range of self-assessments that are indicators that you understand the materials as you work through them. These are for your own information, and do not need to be shown to your course tutor.

      Method of study

      Paper based pack

      This course is currently available in paper-based format, therefore, you will receive the full course materials as well as a useful study guide.

      Your study guide is crammed full of tips and information to help you get the most out of the learning experience, student skills, techniques for writing your assessment answers and instructions for submitting your TMAs online for marking by your specialist tutor.

      Tutor support

      Our A Level courses come with tutor feedback and support by email for 24 months. They will mark your TMAs and provide valuable guidance through any trickier parts of the course whenever you need it. You will also receive a study guide to help you with all aspects of studying, essay writing and general student skills.

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