Government and Politics
Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two Bs and three Cs in five subject areas at GCSE to include a minimum of a grade 4 in Maths and English Language. However, due to the new GCSE grading, we do recommend that you are working towards at least a grade 5 in both Maths and English Language.
Start Date: Sept 2017
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

During this A Level you will learn how the Government is responsible for a range of decisions vital to our society including the type of houses we live in, the amount of money we earn, the quality of education we receive and the sort of hospital care offered. You will acquire an understanding of how political decisions are made and who has the power and authority to make those decisions and how they are put into power. You will focus on issues such as the mechanics of Government, political participation, Parliament and the role of the Prime Minister, the judiciary and human rights, political systems and various political ideologies such as liberalism, anarchism and nationalism.


What will I learn?

Unit 1 (AS year): People and Politics
This unit focuses on the basics of politics and how it affects both you and the general public. You will look at democracy, party politics and pressure groups, constantly linking knowledge to current affairs and our present political arena.

Unit 2 (AS year): Governing the UK
This unit focuses on the logistics of governance and looks at the constitution, the role of the Prime Minister and the cabinet, Parliament and the judiciary and civil rights.

A2 Year 
The second year gives you the chance to look at political ideologies, such as liberalism, anarchism and nationalism, in much more depth.

How will the course be assessed?

You will be assessed by three external written examinations at the end of the two-year course. Practical work is assessed in each written examination. Exams are based on your knowledge of politics, your ability to analyse and evaluate, and your use of political vocabulary.


You will be offered a range of enrichment activities, including trips and visits. Details of the cost of these will be provided as they are planned.


You will study in modern classrooms with interactive learning technology, and will have access to up-to-date resources.


Materials and other information

You will be offered a range of enrichment activities, including trips and visits. Details of the cost of these will be provided as they are planned.

Progression and Careers

Former students have gone on to study at some of the UK’s top universities, including the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, King’s College London, the University of Liverpool, Keele University, the University of Manchester, the University of York and Lancaster University.

They are reading degree programmes such as International Relations and Politics, Law, Criminology, Philosophy and Politics, Criminal Justice, History and Politics and History.

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