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Government & Politics - A Level at Dinnington High School

Course description


Studying Government and Politics enables students to understand how the UK and US political systems operate today and how they have been shaped by changing historical contexts. Students will develop the ability to formulate and argue their opinions on some of the controversial issues that are the cause of political debate today and tackle questions such as whether political reform is needed

Course content

Year One

In year one students will explore how the UK Parliament works and the processes that underpin it, such as elections, the effectiveness of pressure groups, and the role of the judiciary.


Year Two

On year two students will evaluate how the US political system differs from the UK and explore current issues facing US governments such as changing racial and ethnic politics. If you enjoy current affairs, debating ideas and learning about the world around you, an A Level in Government and Politics will both interest and challenge you.

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are a B grade in History GCSE, and if History has not been studied, a B grade in English Literature and English Language.


Unit 1 – GOVP1 :People, Politics and Participation 25% of A–level - 1 hour 30 minutes written examination

Unit 2 – GOVP2: Governing Modern Britain 25% of A-level - 1 hour 30 minutes written examination

Unit 3– GOV3B: Ideologies 25% of A-level 1 hour 30 minutes written examination

Unit 4 – GOV4B: Ideologies in Action 25% of A-level 1 hour 30 minutes written examination

Future opportunities

Politics works very well with subjects such as Economics, Law, Sociology, History, Philosophy, Psychology and Public Services.

Most students don’t go into careers in Politics with their qualifications but rather areas such as Law, Business Management, government and public services such a police/army etc – in fact it combines well with most subjects!

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: 04 December 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • MRS L Sutcliffe-Burrows
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01909 550066
    • Email address:


  • More information
    • We are located by the side of a local college and on a major bus route, from Worksop and Rotherham.  Buses also run regularly from Sheffield.