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Government and Politics A Level at Poole High School

Course description

Studying Government and Politics will develop your critical awareness of the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes. You will acquire knowledge and an informed understanding of the rights and responsibilities of the individual. Your ability to analyse and evaluate political information, arguments and explanations, and identify, parallels, connections, similarities and differences between aspects of the political systems studied. 

Course content

•       Government of the UK, which looks at how British government actually works. Students examine the role of the monarchy, the Houses of Commons and Lords, the role of MPs, Britain’s place as a member of the EU, the judiciary and the Constitution.

•       Politics of the UK which is an investigation into current politics. Students learn about the 3 main political parties and the ideologies they reflect, the role of pressure groups, the main theories of voting behaviour and the strengths and weaknesses of various electoral systems.

•       A comparison of the UK and US, drawing together all the topics covered in the entire. 


Which students do well at A-Level Government and Politics?


•       …those who have a genuine interest in understanding the world around them

•       …those who are considering a career in the law, civil service, military, travel, education, police, media, journalism or indeed politics itself!

•       …those who enjoy lessons focused around discussion and debate and likes to share and defend their opinions

•       …those who already have an interest in politics and want to understand the theory around it

•       …those who want a subject to complement English, Sociology, History, Media Studies, and Philosophy 

Entry requirements

  • C in GCSE English
  • 5 A*-C GCSEs 


•       For AS Level there are two exams, each worth 50% of the overall grade.

•       For A Level there are four exams, each worth 25% of the overall grade. 

Financial information

Text books, tuition and course materials are provided free, however contributions are requested from parents for trips and visits that may support learning in school. Some students will be eligible for the 16-19 Bursary Fund, which is a government-provided fund for sixth form students facing financial hardship. It can help towards costs for travel, equipment (for example in PE or Food Technology), trips and books.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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