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Government & Politics A level at Luton Sixth Form College

Course description

Government & Politics is the study of power. Students learn about the political systems of the United Kingdom and the United States of America and have the opportunity to examine the most important political developments of the time. The course places an emphasis on contemporary affairs and current areas of constitutional concern, putting the United Kingdom in the context of the European Union and the wider world. Students will develop a critical awareness of the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes.

Course content

The A level syllabus is divided into four modules. The first two modules form the AS level syllabus, which can be taken as a separate qualification in one year.

AS Module titles and content

Unit 1 People and Politics - This unit introduces students to the key channels of communication between government and the people and encourages them to evaluate the adequacy of existing arrangements for ensuring representative democracy and participation.

Unit 2 Governing the UK - This unit introduces students to the major governmental processes within the UK. It encourages them to develop a critical understanding of the role and effectiveness of key institutions and the relationship amongst them.

A2 Module titles and content

Unit 3, Topic C Representative Processes in the USA - This unit looks at the representative processes of the US political system and considers their adequacy in terms of popular participation and full democracy.

Unit 4 Governing the USA - This topic examines the institutional framework of US government and considers the interrelationships between its legislative, executive and judicial processes and the health of US federalism.

Entry requirements

To start any AS levels you need to meet the general college entry requirements. No previous knowledge of Government & Politics is required. You must have GCSE English grade C.


Exam Board – Edexcel

Modules are assessed by examination.

Future opportunities

Government & Politics is a highly regarded qualification and helps prepare students for careers in the legal profession, journalism and the media, the Civil Service, education, management, business and, of course, local and national politics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Luton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years