About this course
The Government and Politics A2 programme is a one-year course of study and should be taken in conjunction with two or three other subjects and the Welsh Baccalaureate.
Based at our City Centre campus in Cardiff, learners may be able to take this qualification as a part-time student.
What you will study
A2 Government and Politics follows on from AS and covers the following two units:
Unit 3: Representative Processes in the USA (written exam of 1.5hrs)
- Elections and Voting - a knowledge of the electoral system
- Political Parties - understanding traditions and ideologies
- Pressure Groups - a knowledge of different categories of groups and how they operate
- Race and Ethnic Politics - an understanding of racial diversity in the US
Unit 4: Governing the USA (written exam of 1.5hrs)
- The Constitution - a knowledge of the principles and nature of the US Constitution
- Congress - an understanding of the roles and structures
- Presidency- an understanding of the formal and informal powers
- Supreme Court - a knowledge of the composition and role of the Supreme Court
Successful completion of AS programme including satisfactory attendance and tutor recommendation.
Teaching and assessment
Two written exams
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- Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
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“I met a lot of great people from various backgrounds and walks of life; I liked the diversity within the College. In my opinion the freedom that the College gave me towards my studies provided me with the tools I needed to be a more independent worker and have confidence to develop things on my own.”
Career prospects & further study
On completion of the A Level programme, the majority of our students progress onto universities across the country and beyond. Based on this course, there are many options but below are just a few examples of degree programmes you could go on to study at University:
- Business Management
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