TSR Wiki > Study Help > Subjects and Revision > Subject Guides > Politics


Contents

GCSE

Government and Politics is not currently offered by any of the main examination boards as a GCSE option.

A Level

Why Study Government and Politics?

Government and Politics provides students with an insight into the political institutions within Britain, and within the major democracies across the world. It also provides students with a brief insight into political theories, philosophies and ideologies which often shape political ideas.

In a basic sense, a study of Government and Politics will provide you with an informed insight into the operation of government and, in many cases, will provide you with the apparatus to make an informed decision at the ballot box.

In an academic sense, this subject will provide you with analytical skills through essay writing and debating. It will also develop your ability to learn independently as much of the higher level answers require students to provide relevant political examples which will be attained through personal research.

The subject is a challenging yet rewarding one as it provides you with relevant political knowledge in a world full of political ignorance; it also provides you with a set of academic skills suited very much to subjects such as Law, History or English in university.

Course Structure

Edexcel Government and Politics AS

Unit 1: People And Politics

Time: 1 hour 20 mins

Format: 2 questions

Question structure is a) 5 points, b) 10 points, c) 25 points.

Topics are: Democracy and political participation, political parties, pressure groups and elections. Answer two questions, one on each of these.

Unit 2: Governing The UK

Time:1 hour 20 mins

Format: 2 questions

Question structure is a choice of 2 questions worth a) 5 points, b) 10 points, c) 25 points, then followed by a choice of 2 questions, each worth 40 marks.

Topics: The Constitution, The Judiciary, The Core-Executive and Parliament. Answer two questions. All 4 topics appear in the paper, but you will not be able to know which part of the paper a topic turns up in. Do not revise only 2 thinking you'll be fine, as both the topics you revise may turn up in the first half, leaving the 40 mark question empty.

Unit 3: Key Themes In Political Analysis

Different centers will do different topics.

This consists of various different routes. These are: Topic A - UK political issues Topic B - Political Ideologies Topic C - Representative processes in the US Topic D - Structures of global politics

Time: 1 hour 30 mins

The question structure is as follows:

3 15-mark questions from 5 choices One 45-mark question from 3 choices

Unit 4: Extended Themes In Political Analysis

Different centers will do different topics - Some will do the same one (e.g. Unit 3D and Unit 4D), whilst others may do different topics (e.g. Unit 3A and 4D)

This consists of various different routes. These are: Topic A - EU political issues Topic B - Other Ideological traditions Topic C - Governing the USA Topic D - Global political issues

Time: 1 hour 30 mins

The question structure is as follows:

3 15-mark questions from 5 choices One 45-mark question from 3 choices

OCR Government and Politics AS

2 papers: each worth a total 100 marks and worth 50% of the AS and 25% of the full A-level.

F851: Contemporary Politics of the UK

Time: 1 hour 30 mins

Format: 2 compulsory questions, then 1 choice from 3

Question structure is 1 (a) - 12 marks, 1 (b) - 28 marks, 2 - 30 marks, 3/4/5 - 30 marks.

Topics are: Political parties (compulsory question), Pressure Groups (compulsory question), Voting Behaviour, UK Parliamentary Elections, and Electoral Systems and referenda.

F852: Contemporary Government of the UK

Time: 1 hour 30 mins

Format: 2 compulsory questions, then 1 choice from 3

Question structure is 1 (a) - 12 marks, 1 (b) - 28 marks, 2 - 30 marks, 3/4/5 - 30 marks.

Topics are: the Executive (compulsory question), the Legislature (compulsory question), the Constitution, the Judiciary, and the European Union.

NB: European Union as a topic is not usually taught at most schools due to time constraints.

Study Help

Careers/University

At degree level there are different types of Politics degrees with subtle differences: Politics, Political Science, Politics and International Relations, and joint/combined degrees with countless other subjects. It is best to check the course page of each university you're looking at applying to, to see what modules they offer, and which appeal to you.

Career wise, anything you like, really. Teaching, government, law, banking, business... That's the beauty of an arts degree - you can do anything you like really... within reason! Contrary to what you might think, politics graduates are usually not all that keen on becoming a Member of Parliament (though that does occasionally happen!). Thanks to the skills they gain with their degree (including the ability to analyse critically, absorb information, fluency and coherence of written word), politics graduates can be found in all walks of life.

International Baccalaureate

Scottish Standard Grade

Politics is not normally offered alone but combined in Modern Studies which contains a lot of politics.

Scottish Higher

As with Standard Grade, Politics is not normally offered alone but combined in Modern Studies which contains a lot of politics.

University

The Course

Applying

Personal Statements

Study Help

Revision notes

Other Info

Discussions

Also See

Try Learn together, TSR's study area

35,665
revision notes

39,264
mindmaps

39,659
crosswords

15,195
quizzes

create
a study planner

thousands
of discussions


Today on TSR
Poll
Wake up and smell the...
Study resources

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE