We currently study the Edexcel/Pearson A -Level Specification.
For this specification, students sit 3 two hour examinations and there is no coursework. Each examination is worth 33.3% of the final grade.
The content of the examinations are as follows:
Component One UK Politics: Political participation (democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media). Core political ideas (conservatism, socialism and liberalism).
Component Two: UK Government: UK Government (the constitution, parliament, Prime Minister and the executive, relationships between the branches) and one non-core political idea (anarchism).
Component Three: USA Comparative Politics: US Constitution and federalism, US Congress, US presidency, US Supreme Court and Civil Rights, democracy and participation and comparative theories.
Students’ study of the course is augmented by guest speakers where possible and visits to the UK Parliament, Supreme Court and previously the European Union.
Sarah Arney has been head of Government and Politics since June 2008. She has been Head of Social Sciences since September 2012 and Assistant Headteacher since September 2015.
Charlie Deakin joined the Government and Politics Department in September 2016.