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Should I take a level government and politics?

I am considering taking government and politics for a level but I'm not sure. I don't really know how great the workload is or if the content will actually be interesting. I was wondering if anyone else had done government and politics under CCEA and could give me some feedback?
Original post by FunPsychoStudent
I am considering taking government and politics for a level but I'm not sure. I don't really know how great the workload is or if the content will actually be interesting. I was wondering if anyone else had done government and politics under CCEA and could give me some feedback?

hi 🙂 im just about to finish aqa govt and politics (final exam is friday) and i really enjoyed it! vv content & essay heavy if you like that kinda thing! follow the news too, helps you understand things in proper context, it is so interesting. hope this helps
I think with a levels as a whole they are very intense and majority are very content heavy. so that in mind, politics in particular for me has been my weakest subject and one, I’ve least enjoyed this is because it is extremely content heavy, you have to constantly be up-to-date with current social political issues in the world and just the content is intensely overloaded and sometimes boring. that doesn’t mean it is impossible because if you’re consistent and you enjoy writing a lot but also you sort of have an interest in the political realm then you’ll be fine. consistency and practise is key !!! btw i do edexcel if that helps idk
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Hey!

I did CCEA Govt and Politics for AS, but dropped it for A2.
I'm sure you know what the structure is but just in case, for AS, unit 1 is politics in NI, unit 2 is the "British Political System" and then there's a choice between unit 3a and 3b, usually it's just what your teacher decides to teach. 3a is pressure groups, and 3b is the Judiciary (what I did).

Overall at AS, it's a lot more focused on how the government is structured/comparing the two systems rather than the nitty gritty politics (which is the complaint a lot of my classmates made). At A2 you go a lot more into political theory, and either the Irish or American systems.

You said that you're thinking about the workload and if any of the content is interesting?
For me personally, I'm involved in politics outside of school, so I loved it regardless. We had a really enthusiastic teacher who helped drive us to learn current affairs alongside the course, ensuring that we had a much wider knowledge of politics as a whole. Compared to the workload for my other STEM subjects, it was really quite nice.

Overall, I'd really recommend it for AS. Can't say much about A2. Do go talk to your teacher though and find out what optional units you are doing (if you're planning on doing Law, unit 3b AS the judiciary is the closest youre going to get) and talk to some of your Y14s to get their opinions now that the exams are over.

Hope this helps a bit, good luck for AS!!!
Original post by MechanicaAlfire
Hey!
I did CCEA Govt and Politics for AS, but dropped it for A2.
I'm sure you know what the structure is but just in case, for AS, unit 1 is politics in NI, unit 2 is the "British Political System" and then there's a choice between unit 3a and 3b, usually it's just what your teacher decides to teach. 3a is pressure groups, and 3b is the Judiciary (what I did).
Overall at AS, it's a lot more focused on how the government is structured/comparing the two systems rather than the nitty gritty politics (which is the complaint a lot of my classmates made). At A2 you go a lot more into political theory, and either the Irish or American systems.
You said that you're thinking about the workload and if any of the content is interesting?
For me personally, I'm involved in politics outside of school, so I loved it regardless. We had a really enthusiastic teacher who helped drive us to learn current affairs alongside the course, ensuring that we had a much wider knowledge of politics as a whole. Compared to the workload for my other STEM subjects, it was really quite nice.
Overall, I'd really recommend it for AS. Can't say much about A2. Do go talk to your teacher though and find out what optional units you are doing (if you're planning on doing Law, unit 3b AS the judiciary is the closest youre going to get) and talk to some of your Y14s to get their opinions now that the exams are over.
Hope this helps a bit, good luck for AS!!!

Thanks, that's really helpful
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Hi,
I have just finished A level government and politics with CCEa and I would really recommend it. If you are interested in current affairs and social sciences it is the ideal subject. The workload is not that bad actually but I think there is a very big step up between AS and A2 level. At AS it is very interesting because you get to analyse the British parliamentary system and you do Northern Ireland as well. I found the Northern Ireland topic a bit boring but that is just personal opinion haha.

If you want to do A2 level goverment and politics, remember to keep all of your notes as a huge chunck of the content is based on comparative politics between the UK and USA/Ireland. It is a very essay based subject but I think that this really helped me to build my communication skills in other subjects. The one thing is that you have to be wary of timings as they are crucial during exams and try to back up your points with examples. Also trying to find nuances in arguments is essential to achieve the top bands and you have to good at thinking critically but these skills will be very important in many uni degrees or jobs in the future.

I think personally politics A Level has been very interesting and rewarding as it has helped me to understand what is going on in the news to a greater depth and poltics is so important for our futures. The CCEA political power/ideologies unit at A2 is not too difficult as you can use all of your examples from the UK, Ireland or America to back up your points.

Hope this helps

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