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Government and Politics A Level at Longsands Academy

Course description

Government and Politics is about …


  • how power is used in a democracy;

  • how the political systems of the UK and USA work;

  • how citizens can influence those who hold political power.


The A Level Government and Politics course consists of separate units.

  1. UK Politics

Introduces students to the study of politics by looking at the central ideas of citizenship and democracy in the British context. Students will look at:

  • The relationship between elections and democracy.

  • The role played by pressure groups and the media in the UK

  • The nature of the UK constitution

  • The role of Parliament

  • The powers of the Prime Minister and Executive

  • Core political ideas and ideologies


  1. American Politics

Introduces and examines the representative processes of the US political system and compares this to the British political experience. Students will look at:

  • US elections and voting behaviour

  • US political parties and participation

  • US pressure groups

  • US constitution and federalism

  • The role of the Supreme Court

  • Core political ideas and ideologies



Course content

You will develop knowledge of the key channels of communication between government and the people whilst evaluating how adequate existing arrangements are for promoting democracy. In addition, you will learn about the major governmental processes in the UK and how effective the key institutions of government are.

Entry requirements

 Desirable: a grade 6 at GCSE in History or English.

APS: 5.5

Future opportunities

Government and Politics A Level equips students well for university, both in terms of Politics degrees and other subject disciplines, where the skills gained can be translated to a wide range of other subject courses. As Government & Politics is a widely respected academic subject, it allows for career progression into a broad number of other job areas, including journalism, law and management.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact Mr Wayman, Head of Classics, History & Politics at St. Neots Sixth Form Centre, via

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Longsands Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 year