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Government & Politics GCE A Level at Greenhead College

Course description

Politics is a challenging and rewarding subject for anybody interested in how decisions are made which affect all aspects of our lives.  Politics looks at who makes decisions on these issues and what influences their choices. Does parliament control the UK political system, or is real power in the hands of the Prime Minister? What influence do powerful groups outside Parliament have? To what extent are 'the people' able to control political decisions?

It is a highly topical subject and students discuss issues such as the European Union, Scottish independence, civil liberties and constitutional reform.

Course content

The course will consist of three units, each assessed by a two hour exam. Subjects covered include the nature of the UK political system; the ways in which people get involved in politics in the UK; key political ideas and ideologies; and global politics.

Course Structure 

Component 1: UK Politics

Political Participation, including the nature of democracy in the UK, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the role of the media in politics.

Core Political Ideas, specifically liberalism, conservatism and socialism.

Component 2: UK Government

UK Government, including the UK constitution, parliament, Prime Minister and the executive and relationships between different parts of the political system.

Optional Political Ideas, meaning one of anarchism, feminism, nationalism, environmentalism or multiculturalism.

Component 3: Comparative Politics

Global Politics, which includes theories of global politics; global and regional institutions such as the United Nations, EU, Arab League and the World Bank and IMF; human rights, humanitarian intervention and environmental issues; globalisation; and the changing nature of conflict and terrorism, including the role of NATO.

Entry requirements

The college gives priority to its 12 partner schools. Places are offered to other applicants on a competitive basis.

All prospective students must achieve a GCSE grade 4 or higher in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics.

To access a three A Level programme a student must achieve, in addition to the above, a minimum of grade 6's in three GCSE subjects.

Students who achieve a grade 8/9 profile at GCSE will be offered the opportunity to study for four A Levels.


This course is linear and will be examined at the end of the two year course.

Future opportunities

A Level Politics offers you insights into the ways in which the British political system works, wider philosophical ideas about politics and society and developments in global politics. It will also help you to develop an enquiring and critical mind, enabling you to evaluate the world around you. You will be able to weigh up arguments and assess evidence and examine issues from a variety of different views. Politics students commonly go on to study degrees in subjects such as history, law, geography and English, as well as specific Politics courses and increasingly popular areas such as international relations and social policy. An A Level in Politics provides an excellent background for careers in law, journalism, the caring professions, local government, teaching and a range of management and business areas. 

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 21 September 2017
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