Government and Politics
Government & Politics
Qualification type: A Level
Entry criteria (GCSE grades)
English Language or Literature 4
Through your study of Politics you will acquire vital skills that will serve you well throughout your life. They will include skills of high-quality written communication, an engaging and coherent capacity for debating and the ability to analyse complex information. They will be acquired by studying political ideas, the government and politics of the US, and comparative politics.
The Political Ideas topic enables students to engage with the traditional political ideologies of Liberalism, Conservatism and Socialism, and also to study a modern political ideology.
The Comparative Politics topic further develops analytical and evaluation skills, with students comparing and contrasting US and UK government and politics. Assessment will be 100% exam-based.
AS: Government and politics of the UK (100% of AS grade)
How is the course assessed?
Three two-hour exams, one on each unit studied containing a mixture of medium-length “explain” and essay-style questions.
Government & Politics gives a good grounding for a wide variety of careers. As it touches on literally every aspect of society, this course has universal appeal.
Teacher responsible: Mrs F Watson