Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment
CCEA Curriculum Monitoring Programme 2018-19

GCSE Government and Politics

For first teaching from September 2017
A guide to changes in GCSE Grading

Our new GCSE Government and Politics specification focuses on democracy and international politics in action. In these contexts, students develop their understanding of the political world at home and abroad.

They consider the policies of different political parties, the rights and responsibilities of citizens and the role of the media. They also explore a variety of organisations that operate on a global scale and how they respond to issues such as conflict resolution and migration. They gain insight into how the political process works and how decisions made in government affect us all.

At the same time students develop skills useful in any context, from analysing data and problem-solving to taking part in debates and justifying their views.

Students who gain this qualification may be interested in a career in government, law, business, finance, research, journalism, the media, a charitable organisation, political research, political campaigning or public service. They may also wish to progress to our GCE in Government and Politics.

Specification and Specimen Assessment Materials

Our GCSE in Government and Politics is unitised, so itís possible to take part of the assessment at the end of the first year of study.

The specification has two units:

  • Unit 1: Democracy in Action
  • Unit 2: International Politics in Action.

Specification
(PDF), Last Updated: 16 June 2017

Specimen Assessment Materials

Specimen Assessment Materials
(PDF), Last Updated: 16 June 2017

Past Papers

View Past Papers

Support


Chief Examiner/Principal Moderators Report 2018
(PDF), Last Updated: 14 September 2018

GCSE Course Companion
(PDF), Last Updated: 18 August 2017

Planning Framework
(DOCX), Last Updated: 16 June 2017

Resource Pack Political Parties in a Democracy
(PDF), Last Updated: 18 August 2017

Snapshot
(PDF), Last Updated: 30 June 2017

Student Guidance Political Party Glossary
(PDF), Last Updated: 07 March 2019

Student Guidance The Northern Ireland Political Parties
(PDF), Last Updated: 21 November 2018

Student Guide
(PDF), Last Updated: 30 June 2017

Unit 1: Resource Pack Political Ideas and Concepts
(PDF), Last Updated: 03 October 2017

Unit 2: Resource Pack The United Nations Security Council
(PDF), Last Updated: 03 October 2017

Fact Files


Factfile Unit 2 The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
(PDF), Last Updated: 22 May 2018

Factfile Unit 2 United Nations and NATO Actions
(PDF), Last Updated: 22 May 2018

Factfile Unit 2 Agreement Grid for Northern Ireland Politics
(PDF), Last Updated: 22 May 2018

Factfile Unit 1 Political Parties in a Democracy
(PDF), Last Updated: 22 May 2018

Factfile Unit 2 Migration
(PDF), Last Updated: 25 October 2017

Factfile Unit 2 NATO
(PDF), Last Updated: 24 May 2018

Factfile Unit 1 Political Information in a Democracy
(PDF), Last Updated: 10 August 2017

Factfile Unit 2 The United Nations Security Council
(PDF), Last Updated: 10 August 2017

Useful Links


GCSE Government and Politics Unit 1 - Democracy in Action
education.niassembly.gov.uk