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Politics *FEES PAYABLE* at Clifton College

Course description

Politics is an option that will appeal to those who want to understand more about the background to current affairs; for example, did the election of Barack Obama make any real difference to US government policy, and what will determine whether David Cameron gets re-elected as Prime Minister?

Politics teaches people how to think for themselves, how to argue persuasively and how to be critical in the use of information. It is therefore useful in any career that uses these skills, but may be particularly good preparation for a future career in law, journalism, publishing or business. It can be combined with subjects like Economics, Business Studies or History to add to a deeper understanding of the social sciences, or can be studied alongside very different subjects like Maths and the sciences to add breadth to your studies

A GCSE in History may be a useful background, but this isn’t essential; a genuine interest in modern society is. 

Course content

At AS we cover the main ways in which people participate in the UK’s political system, for example the electoral process, as well as introducing key political concepts like authoritarianism and liberalism. We also consider the main institutions involved in the political process, such as Parliament, the Cabinet and the judiciary. At A2 the Political system of the USA is studied which provides interesting comparisons and contrasts with that of the UK.

The advantage of Politics as a subject is the wealth of resources available; as well as departmental resources and a well stocked section in the library, the daily news brings events relevant to this subject, and you should be a pupil willing to read a quality newspaper regularly to keep abreast of changes in the political world.


We intend to follow the course specified by Edexcel (Government & Politics).

AS Modules

Unit 1: People and Politics

1 hour 20 minutes, 50% of AS, 25% of A Level

Unit 2: Governing the UK

1 hour 20 minutes, 50% of AS, 25% of A Level


A2 Modules

Unit 3: Representative Processes in the USA

1 hour 30 minutes, 25% of A Level

Unit 4: Governing the USA

1 hour 30 minutes, 25% of A Level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Clifton College directly.

Last updated date: 02 June 2015
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Key information

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


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