Politics Tutors:

Debbie Owen

David Cartwright

AS/A Level Government and Politics

Course Content

Assessment and weighting

Year 1 A/S

Unit 1

People, participation and politics.






Unit 2

Governing Britain


This course will begin by looking at the nature of politics including political culture as well as the changing composition of the electorate. We then move onto look at theories and debates concerning the factors that influence voting behaviour in general elections.

We look at electoral systems, first examining the U.K electoral system and the major proposals for reform. We will discuss the arguments for and against other systems as well as referendums.


This unit will allow students to assess Britain’s representative institutions such as Parliament, how it works, its composition and proposed reforms. Then we will examine the personnel of the British government, the Prime Minister, the Cabinet, junior ministers and civil servants and debate where power lies.


Written Examination










Written Examination


Year 2 A2

Unit 3

The Politics of the USA








Unit 4

The Government of the USA

This will be an in-depth study of the politics of the USA. Firstly we will look at the Republican and Democrat parties as well as important pressure groups. We will move onto looking at the electoral process in presidential elections. Finally we look at political culture and voting behaviour in America and the importance of ethnicity, race, religion and gender in voting choice. We also examine why there are such levels of abstention in the USA and what the consequences are.



This unit is concerned with the workings of American government, first looking at the constitutional framework of the USA. We then examine the three branches of government, the presidency, Congress and finally the judiciary in the Supreme Court. We review the role of the judiciary; judicial review and constitutional interpretation. We then go on to examine the recruitment, appointment and independence of senior members of the judiciary.


Written Examination











Written Examination


AS Politics: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/x7uf72w3kfroif6/AAAUBQLMFEJ13BdugPPpikl5a?dl=0

A2 Politics: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ieadsqoltl2r3j1/AADE-SuYUeV4UZWWZ57LLAG4a?dl=0

Exam board website AQA: http://www.aqa.org.uk/

Politics magazine: http://webserver.winstanley.ac.uk/pls/images/politics/politicsmagazine.pdf

BBC News:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news

The Guardian newspaper:http://www.theguardian.com/uk

Private Eye:http://www.private-eye.co.uk/

A level Politics review:http://my.dynamic-learning.co.uk/MyDynamicLearning.aspx

AS and A Level Government and Politics