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A-Level Government & Politics at East Sussex College Hastings

Course description

During this two-year course you will develop a detailed knowledge of how the political system works.

Course content

Over the duration of the course you will understand the process and reasoning behind law-making, and what impact and influence it has on society. You will discuss voting behaviour, the electoral system, political ideologies, and the legislative process, to help you gain a better understanding of the subject. Using historical examples you will also realise how politics has influenced every major human event in history.

This course will give you the knowledge and understanding that you need to make informed opinions about a range of political topics such as a coalition government and its legitimacy in pushing through radical reforms, as well as the quality of democracy that exists in our society.

You will study modules on:

  • Voting behaviour
  • Electoral systems
  • Ideology and pressure groups
  • Historical events
  • How our political system operates

Entry requirements

To apply for this course you will need to meet the minimum requirements of 5 Grade 5 GCSEs (including Maths and English).


Your assessment will be entirely through exams.

Financial information

There may be some additional costs during the course for trips and visits to further your learning such as visiting the Houses of Parliament.

Future opportunities

This course would be good to study alongside other A-Level subjects such as, Economics, Law, History, or Sociology. It is held in high esteem by Oxbridge and Russell Group universities and allows for progression to university courses in Government and Politics, Law, Economics and Politics, Journalism, or International Relations.

There are a number of career opportunities available to you such as becoming a Lawyer,  a Political journalist, a Politician, or Parliamentary assistant.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 September 2018
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    • Located next to Hasting town centre, Station Plaza is a large, light-filled building surrounded by 22,000 square meters of study space and social zones. Classrooms are equipped with the most up-to-date resources and interactive whiteboards. It houses multiple IT suites, a gym, Coast coffee, Subway, Coast Restaurant, a training kitchen, a professional salon, an art shop, diner and a large Learning Resource Centre. 

      Students have 24/7 access to lessons and learning resources from home via WIKI, podcasts and teacher/student blogs. Students can hire laptops from the LRCs and both sites are WIFI activated.