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Government and Politics

Government and Politics*

Entry Requirements

An average Attainment 8 score of 5.5 as well as a Grade 5 in English Language or Literature.

*Specification still to be finalised.

What is Government and Politics?

AQA Government and Politics encourages you to:

  • develop your critical thinking skills and the ability to interpret, evaluate and comment
  • develop a critical awareness of the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes
  • acquire knowledge and understanding of the structures of authority and power within the political system of the United Kingdom, and how these may differ from those of other political systems
  • acquire knowledge and informed understanding of the rights and responsibilities of the individual
  • develop an interest in and engagement with contemporary politics.


There are three broad areas of study in this specification:

• the government and politics of the UK

• the government and politics of the USA

• political ideas.

The specification requires in depth study of UK and US government and politics. Comparisons across the two political systems are required in the topic entitled “Comparative Politics”.

You will be required to identify parallels, connections, similarities and differences between aspects of politics. This will ensure that you develop a critical awareness of the changing nature of politics and the relationships between political ideas, political institutions and political processes.

The political ideas to be studied have relevance to both of the systems of government and politics. The study of the four ideologies will enhance your knowledge and understanding of politics, political debate and political issues in both the UK and the USA.

The authors prescribed in the specification will provide a variety of theoretical perspectives which will further enhance your knowledge and understanding of politics as a whole. The study of political ideas is an integral part of this specification and is crucial in enabling you to develop their ability to critically analyse, interpret and evaluate political information to form rounded

arguments and make mature judgements.

You will be expected to take an active interest in current affairs and there will be ample opportunity to relate current events to academic analysis.

How will you be assessed?

100% examination at the end of 2 Years. There will be three two hour examinations with a strong emphasis on extended writing.

Exam Board: AQA