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Government & Politics A Level at St Joseph's Catholic Academy

Course description

If your idea of politics is limited to the “Punch and Judy” squabbling seen on TV coverage of Prime Minister’s Question Time, then this course will make you think again. Many people say they aren’t interested in politics, but do have an opinion on such things as education, the NHS, the EU and the Iraq war, MP’s expenses and the more recent scandal involving phone tapping.

So, how can you become better informed about these crucial issues and what can you do to take control of your life rather than leaving it up to the politicians?

Course content

The course is divided into four units and there are two units to be studied at AS level and two units to be studied in Year 13 for the full A level.

Each unit is presented separately, through clearly highlighted units. Studying Politics at St. Joseph’s will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to achieve; every year we have had a student obtain 100% in their examinations You will develop an in-depth understanding of the British and American political systems, two systems that, superficially, seem very similar but are distinctly different.

The course consists of extensive studies of the British and American parties, their histories, beliefs, successes and failures. You will also focus on the political and legal environment those governments work within; how the public, media and businesses influence political decisions and how and why governments make the decisions they do.

There are indepth studies of Britain’s role in the EU, the importance of the Health and Education systems, elections and political parties in both the US and UK.

Entry requirements




Future opportunities

Higher Education Politics is a well recognised A level by all the Universities. Students often go on to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at University (PPE). This is a highly sought after qualification by employers and graduates can demand higher salaries than the average. Others will just use their excellent grade to obtain a place at their chosen top 10 University.

Career Prospects Political scientists often pursue careers in law, journalism, media, business and management, social work, teaching and even politics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Joseph's Catholic Academy directly.

Last updated date: 12 June 2015

Key information

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