Government and Politics

Government and Politics is a fascinating subject to take at A level partly because political questions affect every aspect of our lives. Politics is about the exercise of power and a study of the subject at A level can change your perspective on life forever. 

An A Level in politics prepares students for many forms of employment as well as further study. You will gain many analytical and practical skills including the ability to conduct research, oral and written communication and IT, all of which are invaluable in today’s employment market. 

A Level

For A Level Government and Politics we follow the AQA Government and Politics (2150) Specification. 

Further details can be found at: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/government-and-politics/as-and-a-level/government-and-politics-2150 

The specification paper can be found at: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/specifications/alevel/AQA-2150-W-SP-14.PDF

Past exam papers can be found at: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/government-and-politics/as-and-a-level/government-and-politics-2150/past-papers-and-mark-schemes 

In year 12, students will study the British system of government and learn about the role of Parliament and how it is elected. Students will visit the Palace of Westminster to see MPs and Lords at work and they will have a chance to hear visiting speakers. They will look at how voters make their vital choices that lead to the election of our governments and learn about the power of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet. Their understanding of decision-making at the highest level will be enhanced. 

In year 13, there is the opportunity to study the government and politics of the most powerful country in the world - the USA. Students assess the power of the President who is popularly regarded as the most powerful man in the world. They will also study Congress which is said to be the most important law-making body in the world and the Supreme Court which is the most powerful court in the world. Although the USA is a democracy like Great Britain it has so many differences from it that it presents a fascinating contrast with the United Kingdom. 

Government and Politics is a popular choice at A level and many of our students have gone on to study the subject at university. Results in the subject have been very good. It is a subject which goes with any combination of A levels and it is highly prized by universities. 

Students study the following options: 

Unit 1 GOVP1 People, Politics and Participation

  • Participation and Voting Behaviour
  • Electoral Systems
  • Political Parties
  • Pressure Groups and Protest Movements 

Unit 2 GOVP2 Governing Modern Britain

  • The British Constitution
  • Parliament
  • The Core Executive
  • Multi-Level Governance 

Unit 3A GOV3A The Politics of the USA

  • The Electoral Process and Direct Democracy
  • Political Parties
  • Voting Behaviour
  • Pressure Groups 

Unit 4A GOV4A The Government of the USA

  • The Constitutional Framework of the USA
  • The Legislative Branch of Government: US Congress
  • The Executive Branch of Government
  • The Judicial Branch of Government: The Supreme Court 

How are students assessed for A Level

The Government and Politics A Level is still examined as an AS Level in Year 12 before completing the A Level in Year 13. 

End of Year 12

Unit 1 GOVP1 People, Politics and Participation (50% of the AS Level, 25% of the overall A Level)

Written examination lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes 

Unit 2 GOVP2 Governing Modern Britain (50% of the AS Level, 25% of the overall A Level)

Written examination lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes 

End of Year 13 

Unit 3 GOV3A The Politics of the USA (25% of the overall A Level)

Written examination lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes 

Unit 4 GOV4A The Government of the USA (25% of the overall A Level)

Written examination lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes 

Teachers

The course is taught by Mr T Wilson and Miss M Tromans.

Mr T Wilson (Head of History and Government and Politics)

LLB Hons (Liverpool John Moores University, LLM (University of Liverpool), Bar Vocational Course (Manchester Metropolitan University), MA History (Merit) (University of Liverpool), PGCE (University of Chester) 

Prior to commencing work as a teacher and joining the Catholic High School in 2015, Mr Wilson qualified as a Barrister and worked in the legal profession for a number of years. Alongside a Master’s degree in Law, Mr Wilson also has a Master’s degree with merit in History, specialising in the twentieth century. 

As well as teaching History, Mr Wilson teaches Government and Politics at A Level and specialises in British and American politics. Mr Wilson has recently returned from an Educational Training Programme at the UK Parliament after being selected from teachers nationwide. 

Within the field of History, Mr Wilson’s areas of interest are Nazi Germany as well as the political history of Britain and Ireland. Mr Wilson has a passion for local history and has collaborated with the University of Chester in several research projects in this area as well as educational development and progress within History. 

Outside of the department Mr Wilson runs the 6th Form Football team and is currently establishing a United Nations within the school community. Outside of school, Mr Wilson is interested in all sports especially football and plays the trumpet in a swing band. 

Miss M Tromans (Teacher of History and Government and Politics) BA Hons History and Psychology (Wolverhampton), PGCE (Birmingham)