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Government & Politics, AS/A2 at Christ The King College

Course description

We do not always like politicians and the things that governments do... but the business of politics touches every aspect of our lives. Whilst we might criticise governments for some of their policies, it has to be better than having no government at all. Society just would not function without an elected body to decide, say, what taxes will be levied, how those taxes will be spent on things like health and education or how the country will be defended. But no matter whether government makes you feel angry or reassured, it is worth having a knowledge of how the whole process of an elected government works.
GCE Government and Politics will enable students to develop a wide range of skills, including the ability to comprehend, synthesise and interpret political information; analyse and evaluate political knowledge; identify connections, similarities and differences between the areas studied; select relevant material and construct and communicate arguments clearly and coherently using appropriate political vocabulary.


Course content

Unit 1 – People, politics and participation focuses on the pattern of political behaviour within the United Kingdom.
Unit 2 – Governing Modern Britain focuses on governing the UK both at a local level and how power is dispersed at a
European level.
Unit 3 – The politics of the USA which will cover the main aspects of the makeup of the American political parties.
Unit 4 – The government of the USA which will cover aspects of how the American government operates

Entry requirements

Students will be required to have gained at least a C Grade at GCSE in English Language.


Unit 1 – 1 hour 30 minute written exam (50% of AS, 25% of A Level)
Unit 2 – 1 hour 30 minute written exam (50% of AS, 25% of A Level)
Unit 3 – 1 hour 30 minute written exam (25% of A Level)
Unit 4 – 1 hour 30 minute written exam (25% of A Level)

Future opportunities

Many students who have taken the 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! Of course, there are other job options too. If you are considering a career in journalism or the
media, this course is very useful. Students also go on to become teachers or work in the legal profession.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ The King College directly.

Last updated date: 22 May 2015
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Key information

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