Government & Politics

Have you ever wanted to save the whale? Do you really care about climate change or ending world poverty? Then politics is the subject for you. You will study how you can make a difference and also how the real political system operates.

This year we are offering the new CCEA Specification in AS Government and Politics. It has been designed to offer learners a critical awareness of the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes. There is a clear focus on the knowledge and understanding of the political system in NI and the political structures in the UK. No prior knowledge is necessary, but if you have an interest in, would like to work in, or comment on, contemporary politics, this is the course for you. There are now only two options at AS.

AS 1: The Government and Politics of Northern Ireland – 40% of the AS, 1 hour and 15 minutes paper with 1 source and 3 questions. (NI Assembly; the NI Political Parties; political behaviour in NI)
AS 2: The British Political Process – 60% of the AS, 1 Hour and 45 minutes paper with 5 questions. (The House of Commons and the House of Lords; The PM and Cabinet; the Judiciary)

The A2 course changed in 2009, the first award being made in 2010. We offer a comparison between the political system of the USA and the UK and a further option on Political Power.
A2 1: Comparative Government – 60% of A2, 2 hours and 15 minutes paper, 1 source and 5 questions, 30% of A Level. The UK and the USA compared, the constitution, legislature and executive.
A2 2: Political Power – 40% of A2, 1 hour 30 minutes paper, 1 source and 3 questions, 20% of A Level. Theories of power: Elitists, Pluralists and Marxists, definitions of power and limitations of power.