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Government and Politics A level at Wadham School

Course description

Government and politics affects every aspect of your life and how the world will be shaped in the future. It determines and effects such things as who runs the country, the policies put forward, the topics discussed in the media, the ways in which our taxes are spent and the ways in which we as a nation operate on the global stage. In taking the course students will gain a wider understanding of these concepts as well as many more. It fits well with other A level subjects, in particular, Philosophy and Ethics, History, Geography and Sociology.

Course content

Unit 1: People and Politics—Specific areas covered include: the nature of democracy, how political parties form policies, how elections work and the pressure groups which shape government thinking.

Unit 2: Governing the UK— Specific areas covered include: the constitution in Britain, how Parliament is structured and functions, the role and power of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet and the role of Judges to protect our civil liberties.

 In A2 students continue the course by expanding their studies into political issues on a wider scale.

Unit 3: Key Themes in Political Analysis, Topic A: UK Political Issues—Specific areas covered include: economic policy, social welfare, health and education, law, order and criminal justice and environmental policy.

Unit 4: Extended Themes in Political Analysis, Topic D: Global Political Issues—Specific areas covered include: conflict, war and terrorism, global poverty, environmental issues and human rights.

Entry requirements

Students must have at least 5 A*-C (or equivalent) including English Language at grade C or above.


Exam Board –Edexcel

The course is divided into AS and A2 with all elements being exam based. There are no coursework requirements. The exams are made up of a number of written tasks as well as extended essay questions.

Future opportunities

Government and politics is a subject that shows an employer that you can study a subject in depth, understand principles, consider abstract concepts and apply these into the real world. It is a subject that lends itself very well to a wide range of careers, whether in politically related environments (e.g. the civil service, local government, working with an MP, political party, pressure group or think tank) or in the wider world (e.g. areas such as Law, journalism, public relations, accountancy, management and marketing).

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years