Government and Politics

With an incredible series of unexpected and unpredictable events at home and abroad in recent years, the study of Politics has never been more relevant or more fascinating and it’s a great subject for those with enquiring minds and a desire to find out just what is going on in the world today and why.

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Why study Government and Politics?

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Component 1: UK Politics

  • Political Participation – democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media.
  • Core Political Ideas – conservatism, liberalism, socialism.
  • Written examination: 2 hours

Component 2: UK Government

  • UK Government – the constitution, parliament, Prime Minister and executive, relationships between the branches.
  • Non-core political ideas – one idea from the following: anarchism, ecologism, feminism, multiculturalism, nationalism.
  • Written examination: 2 hours

Component 3: Comparative Politics

  • Global politics – sovereignty and globalisation, global governance: political and economic, global governance: human rights and environmental, power and developments, regionalism and the European Union, comparative theories.
  • Written examination: 2 hours

Why G&P

With an incredible series of unexpected and unpredictable events at home and abroad in recent years, the study of Politics has never been more relevant or more fascinating and it’s a great subject for those with enquiring minds and a desire to find out just what is going on in the world today and why.

A Level Politics gives you an understanding of the workings of the British political system, an in-depth analysis of political ideologies and global politics including international relations. You will explore the extent to which governance in the UK is democratic, what is freedom, how is it best promoted and protected and question whether or not we need a government at all.

A level Politics involves a lot of discussion, so is ideal for those who enjoy talking and thinking about current affairs. You will also need to keep up-to-date with what is happening in the world via the internet, newspapers and TV programmes, and will need to engage in independent learning to increase your knowledge of politics past and present.

Potential Careers

Having A-level politics presents you as a person who can rationally debate a passionate subject, who understand the needs of the UK, who understand how the country is run and what affects it, who can look at arguments with an empathetic but level-headed view and with great social knowledge. You will be a strong candidate for jobs in politics, international organisations, the media, government and political parties or civil service.

Having A-level politics can lead you to university degree courses in law, politics, sociology, history, international relations, ethics, philosophy, advertising, media studies, journalism, and a range of management and business areas.

 Entry Requirements

Whole school entry requirements and 6+ in a written subject (English, History)