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Government and Politics A Level at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College*

Course description

Do you enjoy debating how local, national and international political initiatives work? Do you have an interest in how policies are made and in assessing if they have worked? Do you wonder why people are not interested in politics, even though it has such a huge influence on them and the society they live in? Whether you want to become a politician or just an informed voter, politics is a useful subject that can help you understand the world that you live in.

Course content

Politics is the study of how we are governed.

We primarily focus on UK democracy. The course examines representative and direct democracy, how we elect MPs and form governments, how Parliament works, the role of the courts, political parties and the power of the Prime Minister.

We also study concepts such as freedom, justice, sovereignty and equality in both political ideologies and their application in policy. In Politics, we also debate many fundamental questions: What influences voting behaviour? Should Parliament be reformed? What ideological differences are there both between political parties and within them? Does the prime minister have too much power? Should our society be more equal? Should there be greater or less individual freedom in society? Does this state intervene too much in our lives? Should there be more state control over the economy? It is a lively and infectious subject and you will need to keep up to date with the news and the political issues that affect us locally, nationally and internationally.

Entry requirements

At least 5 full GCSEs grades 9–4 (A*–C), including English Language and Maths. We also expect students to have a keen interest in current affairs and you must possess good writing skills.


Tutors work closely with students to ensure they reach their full potential. Assessment is by exam only.

Future opportunities

Politics is highly regarded by both employers and in higher education. As well as Politics itself, it can lead to a variety of careers, including Research, Consultancy, Law, Journalism, Business, the Police, the Media, Teaching, Lecturing, and the Social Sciences.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Gloucestershire and Stroud College* directly.

Last updated date: 24 January 2017
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