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Politics A Level at Southern Consortium Sixth Form

Course description

‘A’ level Government & Politics provides opportunities for developing an understanding of moral, ethical, social and cultural issues, together with an awareness of environmental issues, citizenship, and European developments consistent with relevant international agreements appropriate as applied to politics.

Those who complete this course will have an informed understanding of the workings of the UK political system. They will be able to discuss issues and developments within the main political parties, institutions and pressure groups which operate in our country.

Course content

  • The course is delivered during two double and one single (hour-long) period each week by Mr. Sullivan. Regular attendance is a necessity; remember-this is not a correspondence course.
  • All students are expected to contribute to lessons on a regular basis by making short presentations, contributing to discussions, explaining issues or simply answering questions and explaining their thoughts.
  • The set texts, handouts and other revision materials are provided throughout the course and students expected to use them on a regular basis.
  • Students are expected to complete a reading and a written homework each week.
  • Regular tracking assessments are set in order to monitor as well as encourage progress.
  • The school arranges a field trip to Westminster as well as attendance at a revision conference during year 12.

Entry requirements

Students must meet the Consortium minimum entry criteria for A Level courses, that is, a GCSE grade 5 and above in English and Maths, as well as a minimum of GSCE grade C’s and B’s (point score of 41.5).

To study A Level Politics students are also required to have a GCSE English grade 6.


100% externally assessed by two 80-minute examinations:

  • Unit 1 People and Politics
  • Unit 2 Governing the UK

Future opportunities

Higher education in law, economics, history, politics, international affairs, journalism, local government, and public affairs.

Further information

  • Maintain an interest in current affairs. Watch the news and other current affairs programmes such as Newsnight, the Politics Show and The Sunday Politics on a regular basis. Students are expected to read the quality press and maintain an awareness of the latest political developments in order to inform their understanding of UK and world events.
  • Visit mainstream party political websites to view what they are offering voters or planning.
  • Go to the ‘’ website; complete the questions to discover where you stand on the political spectrum in terms of ideology and policies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Southern Consortium Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 30 November 2017
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    • Eastbury Sixth Form provides a supportive environment in which students feel valued, grow in confidence and fulfill their academic, moral and social potential by combining high expectations with a powerful support network.

      Our Sixth form results for both academic and vocational courses are amongst the very best in Barking and Dagenham and many of our students go on to attend the country’s most competitive Universities and Apprenticeships.

      By joining Eastbury Sixth Form as part of the Southern Consortium students are choosing to become part of a thriving community with an ever-growing reputation for academic excellence, a comprehensive enrichment programme and post-18 support to ensure every student leaves on an aspirational and well-matched progression route.

      We place a high emphasis on not just the academic attainment of our students, but also their moral and social development.  We offer a wide range of trips, events and workshops to ensure all our students leave as confidant, independent and responsible young adults with an appetite to continue their learning with vigor and enthusiasm.

      We are all extremely proud to be part of the sixth form community, no more so than when visitors comment on the happy and purposeful atmosphere they find here; this comes from the warm relationships which exist between staff and students, creating a community in which each person is valued, can flourish, and achieve their full potential.

      Consortium Transport

      The Consortium provides a friendly and efficient bus service, which is free to students, that moves students at lesson changes between Consortium school sites.