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Government & Politics - A Level - 2 years at Longley Park Sixth Form College

Course description

Why do we have rules in Society? What is the point of the Government system? How does our system work and how does everyone play a part in it? Who holds the power to make things happen and create change? If you are interested in how our society functions then Government and Politics may be right up your street. You will learn about the way decisions made by government influence people’s lives, and the way that people can participate in local, national and global politics.

Course content

In the first year you will study our role as citizens in the democratic process. This will involve considering the nature of democracy and learning about the role of elections, pressure groups and political parties. You will investigate the powers of the Prime Minister, Cabinet and the Houses of Parliament in the political process. You will also examine how Britain’s membership of the EU has affected British politics. You will also study these and the equivalent elements of US Government and Politics and you will compare the political systems in UK and the US by applying set criteria.

In the second year you will focus on the main ideas that have shaped British politics: Liberalism, Conservatism and Socialism, as well as Nationalism. These will be considered from a historical and contemporary perspective and we will look at what key thinkers say in relation to them.


A number of specifications will be changing and prospectus entries are based on information we have to date. This means that course content may be subject to change.

Entry requirements

You will need at least 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C). You will normally need at least a grade 4/C in English Language and Maths.

You do not need to have taken any other particular subjects to study Government and Politics at A Level. It is however really important that you take an interest in what is going on in the world around you by staying up to date with the news and what it might mean for the society we live in.


Written examinations - three exams of two hours each all at the end of the second year, one in UK politics, one in US and comparative politics and one in ideologies.

Financial information

Everything you must have to undertake the course will be provided by college.  You may have to pay for extras such as trips/visits.

Future opportunities

As well as offering you insights into the ways in which the British political system works, A Level Politics will help you to develop an enquiring and critical mind. The course provides an excellent background for careers in law, journalism, the caring professions, teaching and a range of management and business areas. It teaches you to think analytically and philosophically. As such it is well respected by universities and employers alike.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 14 November 2017
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