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Government & Politics A Level at Newport Girls' High School

Course description

Students taking this option have gone on to study a wide variety of subjects including Politics, Economics, Business, History, International Relations and Law at University.  It also combines well with all other A level subjects.  The study of Politics helps to develop the type of analytical mind, ability to synthesise information and excellent communication skills that are a prerequisite for a wide range of career paths.  Students in this subject have gone on to careers in Law, Finance, General Management including in the Fashion sector, Journalism, Politics and International relations.

Course content

Both examining boards offer exactly the same content.

This is an exciting new specification which offers more breadth for students who are interested in politics, whilst still retaining the level of depth that students achieve currently.

Over the two year course, students will study the political processes and institutions in both the United Kingdom and in the U.S.A. There will also be a comparative section to enable students to synthesize and demonstrate their learning.

In addition the new course will include the study of a range of ideological traditions; conservatism, socialism and liberalism as well as a focus on feminism. Students will be expected to read some of the key texts associated with these ideologies and to appreciate the historical context within which they developed.

Entry requirements

Students taking this course are expected to have demonstrated an ability to research widely, analyse evidence and reach balanced conclusions.

Students also need an enquiring mind, a passion for current affairs and an ability to reason and think independently.


All units will be examined at the end of the two year Course.  There is no coursework option.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newport Girls' High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 October 2016
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Key information

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


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    • Transport may be available in conjunction with other providers from Telford, Market Drayton and Wolverhampton.  Public service buses run from Stafford, Telford and Shrewsbury.  A number of local arrangements are also coordinated by parents.  A leaflet detailing bus routes and times is available from the school.