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Government and Politics

The Government and Politics course at Calday encourages Sixth Form students to follow current affairs closely and make sense of recent political developments. 

The course highlights recent constitutional reforms in the UK, particularly in such areas as devolution and the House of Lords.  The Government and Politics AS level course provides students with an introduction to the processes and institutions of British Government, whilst the A2 level course focuses on the processes of American Government. 

Potential students of Government and Politics should note that this is not a historical course; there is a significant emphasis on contemporary politics in the UK and America. 

Year 12

Autumn Term

AS Unit 1: People and Politics (6 GP01)

  • Democracy and Participation
  • Party Policies and Ideas
  • Elections
  • Pressure Groups

Spring Term

AS Unit 2: Governing the UK (6 GP02)

  • The Constitution
  • Parliament
  • The Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Judges and Civil Liberties

Summer Term

  • Revision
  • AS examinations
  • Begin the A2 course

Year 13

Autumn Term

A2 Unit 3: Representative Processes in the USA (6 GP03) Topic C

  • Elections & Voting
  • Political Parties
  • Pressure Groups
  • Racial & Ethnic Politics

Spring Term

A2 Unit 4: Governing the USA (6 GP04) Topic C

  • The Constitution
  • Congress
  • Presidency
  • Supreme Court

Summer Term

  • Revision
  • A2 examinations


Useful links and Politics

Assessment information

All units are externally assessed.

Edexcel - AS (6GP01) + (6GP02) = 8GP01

  • Unit 1 (6GP01) People and Politics  - examination (1 hour 20 mins)
  • Unit 2 (6GP02) Governing the UK – examination (1 hour 20 mins)

Edexcel - A2 (6GP03 Topic C) + (6GP04 Topic C) = 9GP01

  • Unit 3 (6GP03 Topic C) Representative Processes in the USA – examination (1 hr 30 min)
  • Unit 4 (6GP04 Topic C) Governing the USA – examination (1 hour 30 mins)