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Government & Politics A-Level at Bristol Brunel Academy

Course description

At a time of crisis around the world, can you afford not to study government and politics?

Course content

Year 1
  • People and Politics: You will study democracy in the UK, political parties and what they believe in, how elections work and why voting matters, and the role pressure groups play in our democracy. 
  • Governing the UK: You will learn about the UK constitution and where power lies in the UK, the roles of parliament, prime minister and cabinet.
Year 2
  • Representative processes in the USA: You will study US political parties and pressure groups, elections in the USA and racial and ethnic politics: does the election of Barack Obama really mean America has moved on from its racist past? 
  • Governing the USA: You will study how America was born as a nation and the importance of its constitution, the role presidents play on the world stage and at home, whether congress really is the 'broken branch' of government and if supreme court justices are just politicians in disguise.


Entry requirements

Grade B in English or History

Minimum Academic Standard for Progression into Y13

Entry into Y13 is not automatic in CLF Post 16.

The majority of students will continue into Y13 dependent on the entry criteria for courses as outlined below:

For A levels, all students must attain a minimum academic standard of passing all subjects with at least two D grades for successful progression in to Y13.

Supportive statements from subject teachers confirming suitability for continued study at A level. Following receipt of AS results, students who have met the entry requirements will be offered a place in Y13.

Students who do not meet the entry requirements into Y13 will be given guidance about a change of study programme and relevant courses available. They will not be allowed to re-sit the same core learning aims (i.e. subjects) as they did in Y12.


AS-Level: 2 x 80 minute exams 
A2-Level: 2 x 90 minute exams

Future opportunities


You would be able to go on to further study at University in most Arts and Social Science subjects including English; sociology; psychology; history; politics; economics; media studies and journalism.


Teaching; academia; banking; journalism; the civil service and politics.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bristol Brunel Academy directly.

Last updated date: 29 April 2015

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