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Government and Politics

AQA A-level Government and Politics (Full Course); Specification code 2150; Classification code 4830.

At King David High School, Government and Politics is offered to year 12 students who have achieved grade B or better in History and/or English Literature. There is no requirement that students will have previously studied History at GCSE, but it would certainly provide a useful introduction.


The Government and Politics course offered at KDHS aims to:
  • Develop students' critical thinking skills and their ability to interpret, evaluate and comment upon the issues of the day.
  • Develop students' critical awareness of the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes.
  • Allow students to 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.
  • Allow students to acquire knowledge and informed understanding of the rights and responsibilities of the individual in UK and US society.
  • Develop students' interest in, and engagement with, contemporary politics.

AS outline:

At AS, candidates will develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the political system of the UK. The AQA specification concentrates on 'People, Participation and Politics' as well as 'Governing Modern Britain'.


Unit 1 (GOVP1): People, Politics and Participation - examined in January of Year 12, with resits available thereafter.
Unit 2 (GOVP2): Governing Modern Britain - examined in May/June of Year 12, with resits available thereafter.

A2 outline:

At A2, the AQA course includes 'US Politics' and 'US Government'.


Unit 3: The Politics of the USA (GOV3A).
Unit 4: The Government of the USA (GOV4A).

For a full breakdown of the unit topics and assessment requirements, please see the AQA specification here.

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