The AS Level / A level Government and Politics enables students to develop their critical thinking skills and enhance their ability to interpret, evaluate and comment on the nature of politics. It encourages learners to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, politics and to recognise its importance in their own lives and to society. This is located in the Sixth Form Academy (SFA).
The specification encourages learners to develop:
– knowledge and understanding of contemporary political structures and issues within Wales and United Kingdom (UK)
– knowledge and understanding of broader global political structures and issues
– knowledge and understanding of the influences and interests which have an
– impact on decisions in government and politics
– knowledge and understanding of the rights and responsibilities of individuals and groups
– an awareness of the changing nature of politics and the relationships between political ideas, institutions and processes
– the ability to critically analyse, interpret and evaluate political information to form arguments and make judgments
– an interest in, and engagement with, contemporary politics.
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A minimum of six GCSEs at Grade C or above including English Language. No prior knowledge of this subject is required
This specification provides a suitable foundation for the study of government and politics or a related area through a range of higher education courses, progression to the next level of vocational qualifications or employment. This course is particularly suitable for students who have studied Law, History, Sociology and English. It may also appeal to students who wish to study Government and Politics or History at a higher level.
Unit 1 serves as an introduction to how Wales and the UK is governed today. Through the study of the Constitution; National Assembly and parliament; Welsh and UK Government; The Supreme Court and the EU, learners will be able to discuss, analyse and evaluate the key themes, issues and debates surrounding governance in Wales and the UK.
Unit 2 is an introduction to the concept of active citizenship; the rights and responsibilities of citizens, some of the ways in which citizens can participate in a democracy and the importance of citizen engagement. Learners will be able discuss, analyse and evaluate the key themes, issues and debates, and it is expected that learners will investigate contemporary developments and examples.
Unit 1 - 1 hour 30 mins written exam with a mixture of structured questions and extended response questions
Unit 2 - 1 hour 30 mins written exam with a mixture of structured questions and extended response questions