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Government and Politics A and AS Level at The Heathland School

Course description

Why were more votes cast in the X Factor final than for the most popular political party in 2005? Why are some groups more powerful than others? Is it true that when America sneezes, the world catches a cold? From AV to WMD, the study of Government and Politics at A Level will allow you to consider and develop your ideas on these issues at a national and international level. The subject involves discussion and debate, with students encouraged to relate the theories they learn to contemporary national and global developments. With global political change so high on the news agenda, students of Government and Politics will gain an understanding of the systems that govern us and the ideas that influence change. Government and Politics is a respected, traditional academic subject that is highly regarded by universities and employers. 

Course content


  • Unit 1: People and Politics. 1 hour 20 minutes examination;
  • Unit 2: Governing the UK. 1 hour 20 minutes examination.


  • Unit 3: Key Themes in Political Analysis – Structures of Global Politics. 1 hour 30 minutes examination;
  • Unit 4: Extended Themes in Political Analysis – Global Political Issues. 1 hour 30 minutes examination.


Entry requirements

Students must attain at least 5 A*-C grades including English Language and Mathematics and a total point score of  42+ in the student’s best 8 subjects.

Future opportunities

Government and Politics is a very versatile academic discipline. Successful students can go on to work in the diplomatic service, civil service, government or in a range of other professions such as Law, Management, The Arts, Media, Journalism and Education.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 to 2 Years