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Government and Politics (A Level) at Rainham Mark Grammar School

Course description

To develop students’ critical awareness of the nature of politics both in the UK and other societies. To make students aware of the rights and responsibilities of individuals in a democratic society and to encourage them to be active citizens.  

Course content

Students will develop a wide range of political knowledge which will allow them to develop:

  • knowledge of contemporary political structures and issues within the UK and globally.
  • a critical awareness of the changing nature of politics
  • knowledge and an informed understanding of the influences and interests which impact on political decisions.
  • knowledge and an informed understanding of the rights and responsibilities of individuals and groups

interpretation and evaluation of political information to make effective judgements

Entry requirements

Students should have a 5 grade in GCSE English Language, an enthusiasm for current affairs and a curiosity for understanding how power is allocated within the world.


The course is linear and will be assessed in three exams at the end of the two-year course.

Each exam will take the form of extended-writing (essay-style) tasks and will last 2 hours.

The specific topics to be covered are:

  • Elections and voting (voting behavior,  factors influencing election outcomes, referendums)
  • Political participation in the UK (e.g., voting systems, role of pressure groups, UK rights, suffrage)
  • Political parties (funding, reasons for success/failure, historical development)
  • Government in the UK (e.g., British constitution, accountability of government, role of the judiciary, impact of devolution)
  • The European Union
  • Political Ideas (e.g., Socialism, Liberalism, Feminism, Anarchism)
  • Comparative politics (comparing the UK with USA and/or other countries)

Government and politics of the USA (e.g., The Constitution, Congress, President; Supreme Court, Civil Rights)

Future opportunities

The course develops writing and analytical skills and provides an excellent foundation for those students wishing to study any Social Science, Arts or Humanities subjects at university. It would also give Science and Mathematics students the breadth of study which universities and employers now demand.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Rainham Mark Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 0 Weeks

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mr O'Neill
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01634 364151
    • Email address:


  • More information
    • Rainham Mark Grammar School is an 11-18 Selective School, currently we have over 880 students aged 11-16 and over 340 aged 16-18 taking AS and A2 levels. We aim to be a friendly, caring and stimulating community which motivates young people to enjoy learning, participate enthusiastically in wider activities and make the most of their abilities.