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Government & Politics

Politically the world is undergoing great change with Trump facing a challenging election to keep hold of the White House, Brexit and its consequences and a new British Prime Minister trying to deal with both Brexit and the consequences of a global pandemic.

If you choose this course you would benefit from:

  • Experienced teacher of Politics who is involved in political activities outside college
  • Teacher is an experienced examiner for the exam board
  • Politics related trips including the UK Parliament, Supreme Court and Congress to Campus to meet former US politicians
  • Guest speakers include Marcus Jones MP

In the first year you will study UK Government and Politics and key ideas, including:

  • Constitution and the impact of devolution
  • How effective is Parliament
  • Powers, constraints and effectiveness of different Prime Ministers
  • Pressure Groups and enhancing civil liberties
  • Ideas and policies of the main political parties
  • Elections and voting behaviour
  • Conservatism, socialism, liberalism and nationalism along with key thinkers associated with these ideas

In the second year you will study US Government and Politics:

  • US Constitution and federalism
  • How effective is Congress
  • Powers, effectiveness and limitations of the US President
  • The role of the Supreme Court
  • US Elections including congressional and presidential
  • Comparing US Government and Politics with UK Government and Politics

This course is taught by a mixture of flipped learning, where you are directed to material on Moodle and other resources in order for you to deepen your understanding in class. Some use of textbooks and using recent political developments are also used to help develop your understanding. It is important that you have good written skills as you will do exam practice questions on a regular basis too.

Classroom activities will include:

  • Multiple choice quizzes
  • Classroom based discussions based off previous reading
  • Timed essay based work
  • Analysing recent political developments
  • Mixture of group and individual based work

Government and Politics helps you to develop skills in analysis and evaluative written work which are useful for a wide range of careers and future courses. As well as going into politics (either as a politician, researcher or lobbyist) many former students have gone on to study History, Politics and International Relations, Law, Economics and Sociology at a number of prestigious universities including Durham, Oxford, Nottingham, Leeds and Sheffield.

5 x GCSE grades 4-9 (incl. English Language)

Additional Requirements

5 in any of these subjects: History, English Literature, Religious Studies, Geography

Not essential but it will help your success…

An interest in current affairs and a desire to find out about how the country is governed.   Good written skills.

Pairs well with other essay based A levels including History, Ancient History, Law, Sociology, Economics, Philosophy and Ethics and English Literature and Linguistics

Teaching contact time is 4 hours and 20 minutes per subject. Other workshops will be available throughout the year including over some holiday periods. Students are expected to complete up to 4 hours of independent study to complete assignments, homework, extra reading and independent research.


100% exam

3 exams:

  • Unit 1: UK Politics and Core Political Ideas worth 33.3% of marks
  • Unit 2: UK Government worth 33.3% of marks
  • Unit 3: Comparative Politics worth 33.3% of marks

Staff Contact Details

Paul Hickling

Sarah Parry

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