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Government and Politics AS Level OCR at Longdean School

Course description

Ever wondered how laws get made? Ever thought about how individuals can make their voice heard in a country of over 62 million people? This course examines the structures of authority and power in the UK, and encourages students to consider their own role within the UK's political system. There is a clear focus on the legislature (law-making in Parliament), the executive (the government and cabinet) and the judiciary (the legal system and the courts). Students will develop a critical awareness of the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes.

Entry requirements

It is essential that students have a B in English Language GCSE. A C grade in Citizenship Studies GCSE is also desirable but not essential.


You are assessed by 2 written exams

Future opportunities

This course provides the critical thinking and debating skills necessary as a solid foundation for university study in History, Politics, Law, Philosophy and related HR/Managerial degrees. Students leave the course with the ability to engage in contemporary political discussions and are able to confidently demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the modern society in which we live.

Students will follow this course with two or three other AS levels or an Advanced Diploma and, additionally, the compulsory core such as PSHE, RE, PE/Games. There will be the opportunity to follow this AS Level course with A2 Government and Politics.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 January 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September