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Government & Politics AS & A Level at Archbishop Tenison's CofE High School

Course description

Government and Politics gives an excellent insight into how British politics works.  It helps you understand what is going on in current affairs and to knowledgeably take part in political debates.    It also helps you to challenge what politicians are saying and disentangle their spin!   

Course content

At AS we focus on the various components of the British political system and asking how democratic it really is.  At A2 we study American politics, electoral process and the mechanisms of government.

Entry requirements

  • An interest in current affairs and a background understanding of contemporary politics will give students a good start to this course.
  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade B (or grade 6 in English and Mathematics) is required to have a free choice of A‐ Level courses.   We would anticipate that you would achieve a minimum of GCSE grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.
  • Students will be expected to achieve at least a grade B in the subjects they choose to take and this will be applied rigidly to Mathematics, Further Mathematics, the Sciences and Modern Foreign Languages.   


Examining Body:  Edexcel

The AS course

  • People and Politics
    Assessed by 2 three part questions in 1 hour 20 minutes.
    Topics are: Democracy, Elections, Political Parties and Pressure Groups.
  • Governing the UK
    Assessed by 4 questions in 1 hour 20 minutes.
    Topics are: the Constitution, Parliament, the Prime Minister and the legal system.

The A level course

  • Representative Processes in the USA
    Assessed by four questions in 1 hour 30 minutes. 
    Topics are: Elections and Voting, Political Parties, Pressure Groups, Racial and Ethnic Politics.
  • Governing the USA
    Assessed by four questions in 1 hour 30 minutes.
    Topics are: Constitution, Congress, the Presidency, the Supreme Court.

Future opportunities

Students of Government and Politics at A Level develop an ability to analyse issues critically. They are well qualified to study any social science subject at university, as well as for a number of different careers including journalism, research, law, advertising and marketing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Tenison's CofE High School directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2016
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