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Studying Government and Politics gives students a real insight into the world in which they live. Students learn how the political decisions that affect our lives are made and who has the power and authority to make those decisions. They also develop analytical and evaluation skills as they debate topical and controversial issues, form their own political opinions and study different ideological viewpoints.


The GCE specification has two levels: AS and A2. There are two units at each level.

The AS units make up 40% of the full A level qualification, and the A2 units make up 60%.

Students may take the AS qualification without progressing to A2.

To achieve the full A level qualification, students must complete both the AS and A2 units.


Exam Board: CCEA

Examination Series: Summer


AS Level Year 13


Unit 1: The Government and Politics of Northern Ireland [1hr 15 min exam paper: 16% of A level]


Unit 2: The British Political Process [1hr 45min exam paper: 24% of A level]


A2: Year 14


Unit 3: Comparative Government of the USA and the UK [2hours 15 min exam paper: 35% of A Level]


Unit 4: Political Power [1 hour 30 min exam paper: 25% of A Level]