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Government & Politics A Level at Lymm High Voluntary Controlled School

Course description

Politics exists because people disagree. They disagree about how they should live (moral questions), about who should get what (resource questions) and about who should make decisions (power questions). As an activity, politics is the process through which people with different ideas, values, opinions and interests attempt to find a way of living together within the same society.

Politics therefore seeks to establish the general rules under which we live and it is those rules that make orderly existence possible. Without this, society would degenerate into a civil war of each against all.

Course content

Unit 1: People and Politics: This unit introduces students to the key channels of communication between government and the people and encourages them to evaluate the adequacy of existing arrangements for ensuring representative democracy and participation.

Unit 2: Governing the UK: 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 and the relationship amongst them in the context of multilevel governance.

Unit 3: Representative Processes in the USA: This topic looks at the representative processes of the US political system and considers their adequacy in terms of popular participation and full democracy.

Unit 4: Extended themes in Political analysis: Governing the USA: This topic examines the institutional framework of US government and considers the interrelationships between its legislative, executive and judicial processes and the health of US federalism.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at A*- C. At least a B grade in a Humanities subject and English.


Unit 1 - People and Democracy. The exam will be 1 hour 20 minutes long, consisting of 4 sections, totalling three questions. Of these two must be answered. This is worth 50% of the total AS.

Unit 2 - Governing the UK. This exam will consist of two questions, one based on sources and a separate essay question. These questions could be based on elements from the constitution of the UK and the make up of Parliament. This is worth 50% of the total AS.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lymm High Voluntary Controlled School directly.

Last updated date: 01 July 2015

Key information

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