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Government and Politics A Level at Hailsham Community College

Course description

Politics affects every aspect of our lives. From tuition fees to tax on tampons and from same sex marriage to Nigel Farage, politicians make decisions that influence us all.  

AS/A Level Government and Politics allows you to investigate and question who holds power, how they got it and how we can get rid of them. Through innovative and active lessons, you will explore world events as they happen and analyse their impact on UK and US politics. 

Course content

AS/A Level Government & Politics programme has been carefully designed to give a broad introduction to UK and US politics, while building on and developing your knowledge and experience of political systems. 

The whole course revolves around contemporary issues and events, making this a uniquely relevant area of academic study. 

Unit 1: People and Power

This unit examines the nature of democracy in the UK and you will explore and evaluate how the government and the people communicate and how it could be improved. You will study political participation, the main political parties and their ideas, and the impact of pressure groups. 


Unit 2: Governing the UK

This unit will introduce you to the major governmental processes within the UK. You will develop a critical understanding of the role of institutions such as Parliament, the Prime Minister and the Constitution and you will analyse where power lies and how effectively it is used. 


Unit 3: Representative Processes in the USA

This unit challenges the US political system, examining how well it responds to challenges in US society. You will consider the major issues of recent elections to assess the nature of political participation as well as the role and impact of political parties and pressure groups. Unit 3 also includes a fascinating invesitgation into racial and ethnic politics in the USA, to understand the inequalities of the US political system and their impact on society. 


Unit 4: Governing the USA

Unit 4 opens up the processes by which decisions are made in the most powerful nation on Earth. You will examine the way the US Constitution affects political life through studying the relationship between Congress, the Presidency and the Supreme Court and evaluate the effectiveness of each of these bodies. 


Entry requirements

5 A*-C grades (including English) or equivalent. 


Four units assessed through examination. At Hailsham Sixth Form we complete the AS qualification at the end of the first year and the full A Level in the second year. 

Future opportunities

Students combine Politics A Level with a whole range of subjects, but it is commonly studied alongside other subjects which focus on society and human interactions, such as History, Sociology, Psychology and Law. 

The study of Politics at A Level can lead to a wide variety of subjects for study at University, including degrees in Politics or International Relations. Politics graduates have diverse opportunities for careers including law, journalism, the civil service, government and political research. 

Further information

You can apply via UCAS Progress or using an HCC Sixth Form application form. 

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: 25 January 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years