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Government & Politics AS/A Level at Sheldon School

Course description

Government and Politics is an ideal choice for so many students. It can complement arts choices like History or Economics, or balance a selecti on of three Science subjects. Any student, looking forward to gaining the right to vote within the next few years will benefit from a critical understanding of current political aff airs and institutions. It would suit students who have an interest in the world around them and who enjoy debate, discussion and argument.

Course content

There are two units at AS, Year 12

People and Politics This module will include investigating the main UK political parties, their ideologies and theories; the comparative merits of the various UK electoral systems, including first past the post and proportional representation; the importance of pressure groups such as Greenpeace and the Countryside Alliance; and the importance of individual politi cal participation.

Governing the UK An investigation into the principles and workings of the UK constitution; the nature of sovereignty, the importance of Parliament and the executive power of the Prime Minister and his cabinet; civil liberties and the role of the law courts.

There are two units at A2, Year 13

Representative processes in the USA An investigation of how effectively American citizens are represented. This includes a study of electoral systems, political parties, pressure groups and the issues surrounding race and ethnicity.

Governing in the USA This unit analyses how the USA is governed. The American constitution and intentions of the Founding Fathers is analysed in depth. The operation of Congress, the Presidency and the Supreme Court are explored.

Entry requirements

Students need to have met the general Sixth Form entry requirements including a C grade or better in GCSE English Language.


The two AS units will be assessed in June and the two A2 units will be assessed the following June.

Future opportunities

It would be a valuable subject for anyone considering a degree or career in law, media, journalism, business management or local government.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sheldon School directly.

Last updated date: 28 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years