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Government and Politics at Greenshaw High School

Course description

We do not always like politicians and the decisions that governments make, but the business of politics touches every aspect of our lives. Whilst we might criticise governments for some of their policies, it is certainly better than having no government at all. Society would not function without an elected body to decide, for example, what taxes will be levied, how those taxes will be spent on services like health and education or how the country will be defended. No matter whether government makes you feel angry or reassured, it is vital to have a knowledge of how the whole process of an elected government works.

Course content

Unit 1 – People, politics and participation.
Unit 2 – Governing modern Britain.
Unit 3 – The politics of the USA.
Unit 4 – The government of the USA

Entry requirements

Grade B or higher in GCSE English or History.


Unit 1 – 1 hour 30 minutes written exam.
Unit 2 – 1 hour 30 minutes written exam.
Unit 3 – 1 hour 30 minutes written exam.
Unit 4 – 1 hour 30 minutes written exam.

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. There are other job options such as a career in journalism, the media, teaching or working in the legal profession.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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