Government and politics

Why study government and politics?

Government and politics A-level offers a fresh area of study for students entering the sixth form. If you have a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in politics and current affairs, and a desire to explore new ideas, then this is the subject for you. No previous experience is expected or needed.

You will learn how to develop a critical awareness of the nature of politics in the UK and the United States including the role of political parties and pressure groups; the structure of  power in each country, featuring the relationship between prime minister, parliament and the judiciary in the UK, and that between the president, Congress and the Supreme Court in the USA; the rights and responsibilities of individual citizens; and a clear understanding of the theories and values that underpin these two modern systems of government.

The course is ideal for students who enjoy debating issues related to politics and current affairs appreciate the need to form clear opinions on the key issues of the 21st century want a qualification which proves to universities and employers.

What our students say

“Politics is a subject which links well with a variety of other subjects and its ever changing nature means there is always a range of fascinating information to submerse yourself in.” Charlotte

“Politics is vital to understanding the way the world around you works. It has applications within so many other subjects.” Manasvi

“Politics is one of the very few subjects that facilitates you for life.” Millie

Entry requirements

Grade B/6 in history or English at GCSE.

Potential courses

  • Economics
  • Philosophy
  • International Relations
  • History
  • Law
  • International relations

Potential careers

  • Journalism & broadcasting
  • Civil service
  • Political lobbyist
  • Political advisor or strategist
  • Public administration
  • Solicitor/barrister

The A-level course

Unit 1The topics studied are democracy and participation in the UK, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media, together with the core UK political ideologies of liberalism, conservatism and socialism At the end of the course, you will have roughly six hours of examination split across three papers. The questions will cover literature, historical and visual material. Unit 1: The World of the Hero 40% of A-level Unit 2: Culture & the Arts 30% of A-level Unit 3: Beliefs & Ideas 30% of A-level
Unit 2The topics studied are the UK Constitution, the respective roles of Parliament, the judiciary, prime minister & executive and the ideology of nationalism
Unit 3The topics studied are the US Constitution, US Congress, the presidency, the US Supreme Court, civil rights, democracy and participation and US Elections; this unit also has two questions comparing the US system to that of the UKAt the end of the course, you will have roughly six hours of examination split across three papers. The questions will cover literature, historical and visual material. Unit 1: The World of the Hero 40% of A-level Unit 2: Culture & the Arts 30% of A-level Unit 3: Beliefs & Ideas 30% of A-level

Recent alumni – where are they now?

Matthew (2014) after achieving a first at Oxford, he gained fast stream into the civil service and is currently working in the treasury at Whitehall

Dominic (2009) has so far worked on a national election campaign, as a lobbyist at Westminster during the Coalition and managed an environmental project in India for the Bloomberg Corporation

Tess (2017) studying politics and international relations at the London School of Economics

Isabella (2012) training to be a barrister

Or, if you prefer to chat with someone please call our admissions team on 0113 229 1552