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Government & Politics A-Level at St Leonards Catholic School

Course description

From this course students can expect a widened and deepened understanding of the world around us and the issues beneath many of the most disturbing dilemmas and problems faced today, including terrorism and globalisation. Specifically the course looks in depth at both the actual, practical working of the system of government here in Britain, and the main political ideas, ideologies and philosophies that exist in the world today. Candidates are encouraged to engage with contemporary politics and current political debates.

Course content


Candidates gain an understanding of the ideas, structures and behaviour of political parties and pressure groups in the UK, as well as electoral systems, parliamentary elections, voting patterns and party ideology.  Candidates will explore the composition, role and power of the legislative and executive branches of government in the UK as well as the judiciary, constitution, rights of the individual and the European Union.  There will be two separate examinations, one on each of the above modules.


Candidates will investigate, explore and compare a wide range of political ideas, democratic theories and systems. They will explore the role of the state, the processes of government and the relationship between individual and state in society. Candidates will learn about an interesting and essential selection of political thinkers and philosophers from the very bizarre to the more mainstream.

Finally candidates will be given the chance to apply their knowledge and understanding of political ideas and concepts to the practice of democratic politics in the UK and the EU. They will study a range of political theories, thinkers and systems.

Throughout the course candidates are expected and encouraged to pay close attention to world political events through the radio, television and other relevant media. A2 assessment comprises two separate modular examinations, one each for the two aspects outlined above.

Entry requirements

  • each applicant must achieve at least eight GCSE or equivalent Level 2 Qualification passes at grade A*-G
  • each applicant must achieve at least five GCSE passes1 at grade A*-C
  • each applicant must achieve at least four GCSE B grades including at least a grade B2 in each subject to be taken at AS Level (see course entry requirements listed in section 6 of this admissions policy).
  • any applicant wishing to study a science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) at AS Level must achieve at least a grade B in GCSE Additional Science if taking double science rather than separate sciences. If taking separate sciences then the applicant must achieve at least a grade B in the science subject to be taken at AS Level.
  • any applicant wishing to study a subject at AS that they are not currently studying at GCSE must consult the list of entry requirements listed in section 6 of this admissions policy.
  • any applicant currently studying a subject at GCSE that they wish to continue to study at AS must achieve at least a grade B in that subject at GCSE.
  • each applicant must study a minimum of four AS Level courses to completion in Year 12 and a minimum of three A2 Level courses to completion in Year 13.
  • each applicant must study the General Religious Education Course to completion

Future opportunities

Politics qualifications are regarded as particularly useful in career areas such as: Journalism, Health Authorities, Banking, Retail Management, Marketing, Inland Revenue, Accountancy, Public Relations, Social Work, Advertising Media, Insurance, and Teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Leonards Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 22 April 2015

Key information

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