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Government and Politics AS / A2 at Budmouth College

Course description

Politics exists because people disagree about things and there are no simple “right” or “wrong” answers. This course is for students who:

• have an interest in how society works and whether it could work better

• enjoy debate and discussion

• like to think for themselves rather than simply accept the views of others

You don’t need to have any strong party political opinions, but an interest in current affairs would be useful. Politics is a particularly good choice to go alongside subjects like Law, History, Sociology or Business but you could do it simply because it’s interesting!

Course content


Democracy; elections and electoral systems; political parties; pressure groups; the role of Parliament; Prime Ministerial power; civil liberties and the judiciary.

A Level

All of the above, plus core political ideas and beliefs (conservatism, liberalism and socialism) and a choice of studying either US politics or global politics.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 or above in English GCSE.


AS (if taken): • 2 Written Exams

A Level: • 3 Written Exams

Future opportunities

What could you be?

Lawyer; Journalist; Economist; Public Administrator; Political Researcher; Lobbyist for pressure group or charity or maybe even a Politician!

Where could you go?

LSE; Kings College London; Durham University; Brunel University; Bristol University.

Recent student destinations:

Aberdeen University - MA in International Relations; Aberystwyth - International Politics and the Third World; Plymouth - History with Politics; Durham - Politics; Brunel - Politics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Budmouth College directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2016

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