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Government and Politics A Level at Newcastle Sixth Form College

Course description

Government and Politics is the study of political behaviour, processes and institutions, including the relationship and interactions between different institutions and groups.

This subject will be of interest to you if you have are keen to discuss and learn more about current affairs and political issues. You will develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the political system of the UK. We will also examine key components of the US political system as well as the key political issues that drive the UK political debate and the ideologies from which they are derived.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE at A* - C which should include English and Maths.

Students who have not achieved a grade C or above in English and/or Maths will be required to resit them during their AS year.


There are two units per year:
• People, Politics and Participation.
• Governing Modern Britain.

• The Politics of the USA.
• Political Issues.

Each year you will sit two formal exams, one for each unit and both in the summer. Each exam is 1 hour 30 minutes, and is essay based.

You will learn through a combination of lectures, group work, interactive classroom activities, visits and guest speakers, resource based learning and self-supported study.

Future opportunities

Many students who have taken A Level in Government and Politics go on to study politics at university. From there you might become a researcher, join local or national government or even start on the path to become a future Prime Minister!

Students also go on to become teachers or work in the legal profession. Studying Government and Politics provides you with valuable skills and a firm base for life-long learning. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 16 August 2016
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