Full AS+A2 in Government and Politics

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Full AS+A2 in Government and Politics

Oxford College is pleased to offer the Edexcel A Level in Government and Politics.

Government and Politics is a dynamic subject which deals with contemporary issues and debates. An interest in current affairs will greatly assist you as you study the materials contained within this course.

In studying the Government and Politics course you are encouraged to;

  • Develop a critical awareness of the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes.
  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of the structures of authority and power within the political system of the United Kingdom, and how these may differ from those of other political systems.
  • Acquire knowledge and informed understanding of the rights and responsibilities of the individual and encourage an interest in, and engagement with contemporary politics.

This course has its’ focus on the government and politics of Britain and Europe. At AS Level the focus is on learning about key British political institutions and organisations, while A2 develops key political issues and links British politics in with the increasingly significant European Union.

The AS and A2 modules link together and assessment is all done by examination.

There is no coursework option in this course.

This course consists of four units:

  • Unit 1 – People & Politics
  • Unit 2 – Governing the UK
  • Unit 3A – UK Political Issues
  • Unit 4A – EU Political Issues

The AS Units

Unit 1 – People & Politics

In the study of this first unit, this unit will help you to explore issues relating to the following topics;

  • The different types of democracy
  • Electoral systems and electoral reform
  • The changing party system and recent General Elections
  • Referendums
  • Political Parties
  • Pressure Groups
The focus of this unit is to introduce you the concept of democracy and some of the different kinds. You will also look at political groups and parties.

Unit 2 – Governing the UK

In the study of the second unit of this course, you will explore issues relating to the following topics;

  • The UK Constitution and constitutional reform
  • Parliamentary and political sovereignty
  • Parliament
  • The Executive
  • The Judiciary

This unit will introduce you to the major governmental processes within the UK. It will encourage you to develop a critical understanding of the role and effectiveness of key institutions and the relationship of these institutions in the context of multilevel governance.

The A2 Units

Unit 3A – UK Political Issues

Topics/Modules included on Unit Three:

  • Economic Policy
  • Social Welfare, Health and Education
  • Law, Order and Criminal Justice
  • Environmental Policy

This topic looks at key policy issues in the UK, particularly those that have affected the outcomes of general elections or stimulated public debate.

Unit 4A – EU Political Issues

Topics/Modules included on Unit Four:

  • Impact of the EU on the UK
  • European Integration
  • EU Institutions and Their Relationships
  • Domestic Policy Issues

This topic examines the political issues that have arisen as a result of the process of European integration, and the impact of the EU on the UK. It also looks at European institutions and their interrelationships and the European economic and social model.

Examination Board: Edexcel

Examination Codes:  9GP01

By the end of the A Level you will have begun to successfully investigate key areas of Government and Politics and the importance of rule by government in modern society.  By the end of the full A level you will have also investigated several key topic areas in much greater detail and practised some of the research skills that are so necessary to success not only in this field but in other interrelated fields.

The format of the Examinations

PLEASE NOTE: All exams will be held during the May - June exam period.

Unit 1: People and Politics
AS Written examination: 1 hour 20 minutes
You will be required to answer two structured questions from a choice of four.
Each question will have a mark tariff of 5, 10 and 25 marks.
80 marks

Unit 2: Governing the UK
AS Written examination: 1 hour 20 minutes
You will be required to answer one stimulus based question from a choice of two. These questions will be structured with a mark tariff of 5, 10 and 25 marks.
Students will then be required to answer one extended question from a choice of two (40 marks).
80 marks

Unit 3: Key Themes in Political Analysis
A2 Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
You must take one topic. For each topic students are required to answer three short answer questions from a choice of five (15 marks each).
Students are then required to answer one essay question from a choice of three (45 marks).
90 marks

Unit 4: Extended Themes in Political Analysis
A2 Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
You must take one topic. For each topic students are required to answer three short answer questions from a choice of five (15 marks each).
Students are then required to answer one essay question from a choice of three (45 marks).
90 marks

What's Included

Online learning materials, online resources, and full tutor support for two years upon signing our Terms and Conditions agreement.

Entry Requirements

Although the A-Level programmes build on the course content of GCSE, it is not necessary to have this qualification before undertaking an A-Level. However, in order to meet the demands of the course, it is recommended that candidates have literacy and communication skills equivalent to C or higher at GCSE. Please note that full tutor support is still provided throughout your course duration.

The format of the Examinations

PLEASE NOTE: All exams are held during the May - June exam period of every year.

International Students

If you are based outside the UK, it may be possible to sit your examination through your local British Council, depending on your location.

Further Information

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

After enrolling online, you will receive a username and password to access the On Campus area. This is delivered within a few moments and three-working days.

Students are required to arrange and pay for their examinations and manage the course work element if the subject requires this. Students must check the relevant examination board website for further information and final examination sitting dates for the specification.

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Our A-Level programmes are eligible for UCAS points, making them a great choice for students aiming to progress to University. UCAS points are awarded according to the grade earned, please see below for details.

A levels are also widely recognised by employers and are useful for students looking to progress their careers or meet requirements for promotion.

UCAS Points Table
A* = 140
A = 120
B = 100
C = 80
D = 60
E = 40
F = 20

Course Fee

£315.00

Payment by Instalments

Students are able to pay course fees in monthly instalments. Click here to download our instalment plan.

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Good evening, sorry for the incredibly late reply to your previously email - for both AS and A Level I was graded a B. Which I'm very pleased about. Many thanks for all your help over the past year. Best regards,

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