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Government and Politics A Level at Sir John Lawes School

Course description

Politics is a vital part of all our lives whether we are conscious of it or not. This is why the study of politics is so important to our awareness of our place and responsibilities in our ever-changing world. Moreover, understanding political processes allow us to influence the decisions of those who we elect to govern our country. 


Course content

In Y12 you will explore two political themes. First, the nature of UK politics and how people and politics interact. The four content areas are; democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, and voting behaviour and the media. In addition, you will learn about core traditional ideologies including conservatism, liberalism and socialism. The second theme is the UK government. This includes learning about the UK constitution, Parliament, the Prime Minister and the executive, and the relationships between the three branches of government.

In Year 13 you will study 'Government and Politics of the USA'. The content areas under study will be the US Constitution and federalism, the US Congress, the presidency, the Supreme Court, US Democracy and participation, and US Civil rights.

Entry requirements

  • APS of 4.5 or above
  • Grade 6 or above in GCSE English


At the end of the two-year course there will be three written exams. Each paper is 2 hours in length. Within these exams there is a combination of short-answer questions and longer essay-type questions.

In addition, there will be ongoing in-class assessments focused on exam questions, allowing both the teacher and you to track your development and progress.

Further information

COSTS (including off-site visits, textbooks, courses)

The core text book is purchased by you. As this is a new course the exact cost of the book is not yet known although it is likely to be in the region of £20. Other resources and revision guides will be recommended during the course.

We will also visit parliament which carries a cost of around £30.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir John Lawes School directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2017
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