GCE Government and Politics (2016)

Please note: a Specification Addendum is in place for the 2020/2021 academic year for those candidates completing their course in Summer 2021. View Specification Addendum.

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
or
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
or
Option B: Political Ideas.

Current Specification

First teaching: from September 2016
First award of AS level: from Summer 2017
First award of A level: from Summer 2018
QAN AS level: 601/8374/3
QAN A level: 601/8375/5
Guided learning hours AS level: 180
Guided learning hours A level: 360
Qualification level: 3
Subject Code: 4830

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.

For more information on this specification contact:

Helen Parks
Subject Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2906
Arlene Ashfield
Specification Support Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2291