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Government and Politics AS/A-Level at Haydon School

Course description

AS-Level introduces students to the UK political system. A2-Level introduces students into the American political system and follows the same topics of study from AS.

Course content


Unit 1

Students will study the factors that may affect why people vote for a particular party during election time. This part of the course is a sociological analysis of the factors that may affect how one votes, for example; class, media, economy. Students will also gain an understanding of our electoral system and be able to analyse it. Students then study political parties and pressure groups, their functions, their power and whether they enhance democracy.

Unit 2

This unit focuses upon the institutions that govern Britain. Students will study the Constitution and the Judiciary and its ever changing role. Students will also study the Prime Minister and his/her relationship with other Cabinet Ministers and the subsequent powers and constraints he/she may exercise. The final topic is on the Westminster Parliament and the other assemblies/parliaments within the United Kingdom.


This course is an introduction into the American political system and follows the same topics of study from AS.

Unit 3

The Politics of the USA: Investigation into how American elections operate, voting behaviour of the American public, Pressure groups and Political Parties.

Unit 4

The Government of the USA: The unit covers the main institution of US Government, the presidency (including cabinet and EXOP), Congress, Supreme Court and the Constitution.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years