GCE Government and Politics (2016)
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The CCEA GCE Government and Politics specification develops critical thinking and skills that employers value, including problem-solving, creative thinking and decision-making.
This specification is available at two levels: AS and A2. Students can take the AS units plus the A2 units for a full GCE A level qualification.
They can also choose to take the AS course as a stand-alone qualification.
In the AS units, students explore the political systems in Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.
Students who continue to A2 use their AS skills and knowledge to consider other democratic and non-democratic systems and the best way to govern any society.
The specification has four units:
Unit AS 1: The Government and Politics of Northern Ireland
Unit AS 2: The British Political Process
Unit A2 1: Option A: A Comparative Study of the Government and Politics of the United States of America and the United Kingdom
Option B: A Comparative Study of the Government and Politics of the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom
Unit A2 2: Option A: Political Power
Option B: Political Ideas.
Skills developed through our GCE Government and Politics
This specification builds on learning from Key Stage 4 and gives students opportunities to continue to develop the Cross-Curricular Skills and the Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities.
Studying GCE Government and Politics helps students to gain a better understanding of political systems and ideas and the changes these have made to society. They will be able to relate this understanding to local, national and international news events reported in the media. Students also explore the structures of authority and power in the political systems that have the greatest impact on their lives. They also have opportunities to develop the skills of analysis, research and evaluation, which employers value highly.
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