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Government & Politics AS and A level at Chace Community School

Course description

The syllabus introduces students to the study of Politics by looking at the central ideas of citizenship, democracy and participation and how people are represented in the political process. It also examines the major institutions of UK government and considers their effectiveness. Finally it provides an opportunity to explore key issues affecting the UK and wider world. 

Course content

The AS course comprises the following units: 

Unit 1: People and Politics

  • Why are political participation and democracy important?
  • Do elections guarantee democracy?
  • What is the role of political parties?
  • How important are pressure groups? 

Unit 2:  Governing the UK

  • What is the nature of the UK constitution?
  • What is the role and significance of Parliament?
  • Who has power within the executive?
  • Do judges deliver justice and defend freedom? 

Students wishing to progress to A2 level will study Global Political Issues. 

Entry requirements

In order to gain a place on the Government and Politics AS course you need a GCSE in English Language at grade C or above. A good pass in a Humanities subject (History, Geography, Sociology) would also be helpful. 


The course is examined through written responses to structured questions. 

Future opportunities

Many universities offer Politics as a degree course. Politics can also be studied alongside other subjects such as International Relations, Philosophy and Economics. An understanding of Government and Politics is directly relevant to the world of work leading to potential careers in Journalism, Law, Politics, Development, the Civil Service, Teaching and the Police Service. It also encourages people to be active citizens and participate fully in the decision-making process. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September