Government & Politics KS5
Key Stage 5 (Years 12 & 13)
Government and Politics is the study of power and the institutions that exercise power.
Year 12- In September 2017 Sacred Heart will adopt the new Edexcel Linear A Level specification. This course will be undertaken over a period of two years. Students will study UK Politics, Political Ideas and Global Politics (including sovereignty, globalisation, human rights, the environment and the European Union).
Year 13- Current Year 12 students who started their studies in September 2016 will follow the AQA syllabus and study Political Ideologies and the Government of the USA (including the US Constitution, Congress, the Presidency and the Supreme Court). Students who start Year 12 in September 2017 will continue with the linear Edexcel specification outlined above.
A minimum of 5 GCSEs with at least a Level 6 in English Language/and or English Literature. Candidates should also have achieved a Level 7 (or A grade) in either History, Geography or Religious Education.
The department will endeavour to allow as many students as possible who meet the minimum entry requirements to study politics. Where there is oversubscription, priority will be given to students with the following in order of importance:
- The highest GCSE grade in English Language
- The highest GCSE grade in History or Geography
- The highest overall GCSE average point score
Students who started Government and Politics in September 2016 will undertake an AS examination composed of two units (People, Politics and Participation and Governing Modern Britain) which contributes 50% of the final A Level. Students who start Government and Politics in September 2017 will sit a stand-alone AS qualification which does not contribute to their final A Level. This examination is composed of three units of equal worth (UK Politics, UK Government and Global Politics).
A Level Assessment
Students who started Government and Politics in September 2016 will complete the remaining 50% of their A2 qualification through the study of two units (Political Ideologies and Government of the USA). Students who start Government and Politics in September 2017 will sit three examination of equal worth (UK Politics, UK Government and Global Politics) at the end of Year 13.
The study of Government and Politics is an excellent progression into law, journalism, local and national government, the civil service, the charity sector and public policy research. The skills obtained through the study of this A level will develop your communication, analysis and knowledge of current affairs which will benefit any career route you choose to undertake.