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Government and Politics A Level at Copleston High School

Course description

A level Government and Politics aims to develop students' knowledge and understanding of the decision-making processes in the UK and USA. This involves a study of government at all levels in society. It is an ideal course for anyone who
is interested in topical issues which affect the lives of all people in the UK and the course should appeal to students who enjoy discussion and debate of controversial matters. Students will continually assess whether the theories concerning politics in Britain and America match with the reality of how those countries are governed.

In Year One students complete two units; the first unit introduces students to the key
channels of communication between government and the people. It encourages them
to evaluate the adequacy of existing arrangements for ensuring representative democracy and participation and to assess whether Britain is a truly democratic country. In the second unit students are introduced to the major political processes within the UK. It encourages them to develop a critical understanding of the role and effectiveness of key institutions, and of the relationship amongst them in the context of multi-level governance.

In Year Two students examine the same debates that they encountered in year one but apply them to the American political system. The first unit assesses the representative processes of the US political system and considers their adequacy in terms of popular participation and full democracy. The second unit examines the
institutional framework of US government and considers the interrelationships between Congress, the Presidency and Supreme Court and the health of US federalism.

Entry requirements

4 AS levels – at least 5 grade Bs or equivalent in different GCSEs or other Level 2 courses. 3 AS levels – at least 5 grade Cs or equivalent in different GCSEs or other Level 2 courses. In addition, at least grade C in GCSE English.


A variety of modes of assessment will be used, including short-answer questions, stimulus response, extended writing and essays. Students will have a choice of questions within the examinations for each unit. All units are assessed through examination.

Future opportunities

Several of our students have progressed into Politics or International Relations university
courses and others have used Government and Politics as a support course for areas as varied as Law, Teaching, Industry and Commerce, Finance, Banking, Leisure and the Service Sector.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 October 2016
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