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Politics AS/A2 Level at The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

Course description

Students must have an interest in current political affairs in Britain and the USA. They will be expected to supplement learning in class with independent research and wider reading.

Students will also attend compulsory university-style tutorial sessions at school. A rich variety of extra-curricular activities and trips will be arranged. Political issues will be discussed at the school’s Debating Club, at which attendance by Politics students is strongly encouraged.

Course content

Year 12 – AS Level: British Politics

Autumn Term – Unit 1: People, Politics and Participation

  • Participation and Voting Behaviour
  • Electoral Systems
  • Political Parties
  • Pressure Groups and Protest Movements

Spring/Summer Term – Unit 2: Governing Modern Britain

  • The British Constitution
  • The UK Parliament
  • The Core Executive


Year 13 – A Level: American Politics

Autumn Term – Unit 3A: The Politics of the USA

  • Electoral Process and Direct Democracy
  • Political Parties
  • Voting Behaviour
  • Pressure Groups

Spring/Summer Term – Unit 4A: Politics and Power

  • The Constitutional Framework of US Government
  • The Legislative Branch: US Congress
  • The Executive Branch: The Presidency
  • The Judicial Branch: The Supreme Court

Entry requirements

Students wishing to study Government & Politics at AS Level need to have 6 GCSEs A*- C, including a grade B in GCSE English Language. A GCSE grade C in History is desirable but not essential. 


  • Summer, Year 12 – AS Level – Unit 1: written paper of 1 hour 30 minutes. 

50% of total AS marks, 25% of total A Level marks

  • Summer, Year 12 – AS Level – Unit 2: written paper of 1 hour 30 minutes

50% of total AS marks, 25% of total A Level marks

  • Summer, Year 13 – A Level – Unit 3: written paper of 1 hour 30 minutes

25% of total A Level marks

  • Summer, Year 13 – A Level – Unit 4: written paper of 1 hour 30 minutes

25% of total A Level marks

Future opportunities

An AS or A Level in Politics will be regarded with great respect by academic institutions.  Skills are learnt within the two years of study that can translate into any further study including analysis, critical thinking, in-depth reading and research. The teachers involved in running the course have academic awards in Politics.

Students who take up an AS or A Level in Politics often combine it with History or English or one of the other humanities subjects. The skills learnt in Politics are transferable to other subjects including Law and can lead to pursuing a variety of careers including working for a political party or think tank, civil service and local government positions, teaching or journalism.

To achieve a place at a prestigious university, A Levels in more academic subjects are often sought as entry criteria. Politics is undoubtedly one of those subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 01 May 2015
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Key information

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


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    • Travel to school by public transport is strongly recommended as there is very limited parking on site and in the local area.

      For those travelling by bicycle we also have secure bicycle racks on site.

      Nearest Tube Stations 

      Greenford and Ealing Broadway 

      Nearest British Rail Station 


      Nearest Bus Routes

      92 Ealing Hospital - Greenford - Wembley - Neasden

      95 Southall - Greenford - Park Royal - Shepherd’s Bush

      105 Heathrow - Greenford - Park Royal - Shepherd’s Bush

      282 Ealing Hospital - Greenford - Eastcote - Mount Vernon

      E1 Ealing Broadway - Drayton Green - Greenford

      E2 Brentford - Greenford - Ruislip

      E3 Greenford - Acton - Chiswick

      E5 Greenford - Southall - Havelock Estate

      E6 Greenford - Willowtree Lane - Hayes

      E7 Ealing - Greenford - Ruislip

      E9 Ealing Broadway - Greenford - Yeading

      Access for Disabled Visitors

      We have a limited number of parking spaces available for disabled visitors. The school reception can be accessed via a ramp and automatic doors. In addition to this, the majority of buildings have lifts and ramp access. If you are visually or hearing impaired, or have other needs, you would be welcome to contact the school prior to coming to the school so that we can endeavour to meet your needs during your visit.