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Government and Politics A Level at Beaminster School

Course description

If you are interested in current affairs and how the UK works, this subject will really engage and fascinate you.  A Level Government and Politics is very well regarded by Universities and employers and it combines well with many other subjects.  Government and Politics is constantly evolving and we will always be discussing current debates and issues.

All the time changes are being made to the way we live our daily lives.  Government and Politics will enable you to develop a critical awareness of the nature of politics and promote a sense of the rights and responsibilities of the individual within society.  You will learn to:

  • Comprehend, synthesis and interpret political information in a variety of forms.
  • Analyse and evaluate: political institutions, processes and behaviour; political arguments and explanations; the relationship between institutions, processes, ideologies, concepts, behaviour and values.
  • Identify parallel connections, similarities and differences between aspects of the political systems studied.
  • Select and organise relevant material to construct arguments and explanations leading to reasoned conclusions.
  • Communicate arguments and explanations with relevance clarity and coherence, using appropriate political vocabulary.


Course content

Contemporary Politics of the UK

Candidates gain an understanding of parties, party systems and pressure groups in the UK as well as electoral systems, parliamentary elections, voting behaviour and party ideology.

Contemporary Government of the UK

Candidates will explore the composition, role and power of the legislative and executive branches of government and executive branches of government in the UK as well as the judiciary, constitution, rights of the individual and the EU.

A2 Units:

Contemporary US Government and Politics

Candidates will gain an understanding of the Government and Politics of the US.  They will examine the US constitution, legislature, executive and judiciary of the federal government as well as issues concerning representation and participation.

US Government and Politics 

In this unit candidates’ skills and knowledge gained in other areas of the Advanced GCE course compare and contrast UK, American and EU political systems.  Candidates are expected to supplement formal study with close attention to world political events via relevant media.  Candidates are encouraged to make references beyond the UK, US and EU.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade B in a Humanities subject is Preferred.  Students who have not gained this grade may be considered at the discretion of the Head of 6th Form.


All units are assessed by a written exam in the summer session.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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