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Government and Politics : A Level at Regent College

Course description

Teaching styles
Lecturing and explaining, whole class discussion, comprehension activities, group activities, independent research, presentations, role play and media based lessons.

Common subject combinations
History, Sociology, Citizenship and Law.

Resources and facilities
An attractive and well-resourced classroom! A well-qualified teacher! Access to a laptop, recent, relevant TV and film coverage. A well-stocked section in the Learning Resource Centre.

Key features
A trip to Parliament is part of the course, De Montfort University’s Congress-to-Campus event, being politically active through Extended Studies, enthusiastic staff who discuss issues and explain concepts.

Course content

There are three broad areas of study:
• The government and politics of the UK
• The government and politics of the USA
• Political Ideas

The government and politics of the UK
• Democracy and Participation
• Elections and referendums
• Political parties
• Pressure Groups
• The European Union
• The nature and sources of the British Constitution
• The structure and role of parliament
• The Prime Minister and Cabinet
• The judiciary
• Devolution

The government and politics of the USA
• The constitutional framework of US government
• The legislative branch of government: Congress
• The executive branch of government: President
• The judicial branch of the government
• The electoral process and direct democracy
• Political parties
• Pressure groups
• Civil rights
• Comparative politics

Political ideas
• Liberalism
• Conservatism
• Socialism
• Nationalism
• Feminism
• Multiculturalism
• Anarchism
• Ecologism

Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade A*- C or 4 - 9, including English Language.


An interest in the news and current affairs is essential.


Politics is a two-year A-level course.

Assessment will be via three two-hour exams at the end of the second year. Students will be assessed on all aspects of the course in all three exams.

Financial information

Free to all home students.

Future opportunities

Politics can be studied at University on its own or in conjunction with other subjects. The knowledge gained and skills developed are useful for a range of careers but specifically the course can lead to – campaigning, working in local and national government, civil service, political activism, teaching and lecturing, media based careers.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact Regent College, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 11 September 2018

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