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Government and Politics A Level at Sydenham School - Sydenham and Forest Hill Sixth Form

Course description

Students are provided with a thorough introduction to the study of Politics and in particular use the skills of analysis, evaluation and logical argument. It is an ideal basis for developing independent and critical thinking and provides progression to a wide range of university courses.

This subject will become linear in September 2017.The details of the content account of this subject have not yet been finalized by the exam board, and maybe subject to change.

Course content

Year 12

British Politics

  • UK Politics This unit introduces the study of UK Politics and the key channels of communication between government and the people. It covers democracy, participation, representation, party policies and ideas, pressure groups and the media.
  • UK Government This unit introduces students to the major governmental processes within the UK. It encourages them to develop a critical understanding of the role and effectiveness of key institutions. The major topics are the Prime Minister, Cabinet, Parliament, the Constitution and the relationships between them.


Year 13

Comparative Politics

  • US Government & Politics This unit looks at US political system and compares key aspects of it to the UK political system. The key themes are: Elections and Voting, Political Parties, Pressure Groups, Racial and Ethnic Politics.
  • Political Ideologies Students will consider a range of political ideologies including conservatism, liberalism and socialism with the possibility of looking at anarchism, ecologism, feminism, multiculturalism or nationalism.

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE History if taken. If not, grade 6 in English

Minimum point score of 38 including Maths and English at grade 4 at GCSE. This is equivalent to 4B and 4C grades overall at GCSE. Students will also need to achieve the subject specific criteria below:

NEW GCSE POINT SCORE GCSE grade 2017 Points:

  • G 1.00
  • F 1.50
  • E 2.00
  • D 3.00
  • C 4.00
  • B 5.50
  • A 7.00
  • A* 8.50


Reformed A levels are two year linear courses. This means that the whole course is assessed at the end of Year 13.

AS qualifications are also available in the reformed subjects and the content of these may be co-teachable with the first year of the A Level course. AS examinations for these courses are Stand Alone qualifications and do not contribute to the final A level grade.

Students starting on a reformed/linear A level in September 2017 will be required to sit a formal exam at the end of Year 12, this may be the AS Stand Alone qualification. The formal exam at the end of Year 12 will give students an important indication of how their learning is progressing and will ensure that students are ready to progress into Year 13.

Students must achieve a D grade or better in all of their A Level courses in the Year 12 examinations to progress to Year 13. Students will usually study 3 A Level subjects or BTEC equivalent although some students may be able to take 4.

Future opportunities

It is a relevant subject for a variety of careers including journalism, law, civil service, local government and business.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sydenham School - Sydenham and Forest Hill Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 08 February 2017
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