Government and Politics
Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two 5/Bs and three 4/Cs in five subject areas at GCSE, to include a minimum of a grade 4/C in Mathematics and English Language.
Start Date: Sept 2019
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.

What will I learn?

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 also study US politics, acquiring an understanding of how the two systems compare. 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.

How will the course be assessed?

You will be assessed by examinations at the end of the two-year course.

You will also be expected to carry out independent study and other personal development activities alongside your programme, such as additional workshops, an Extended Project Qualification, leisure extracurricular activities, volunteering or work experience, or part-time employment.


At NCC we’re committed to ensuring that your studies are career focused and are linked to your future goals. Develop a new skill, learn how to be a leader, volunteer for a good cause and keep fit through sport. Enhance your learning and make the most of the array of activities on offer to help you stand out from the crowd when applying for university, an Apprenticeship or a job.


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 extracurricular 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, University of Sheffield, Newcastle University, Royal Holloway University of London, University of Edinburgh 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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