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Government and Politics A level at Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic Secondary School

Course description

The Government and Politics A-Level is delivered by the History department.  We follow the Edexcel specification, opting for topics on British Politics in Year 12 and International Relations in Year 13.  The International Relations part of the course is something that makes our course very unique as very few Sixth Forms deliver this topic.  It also gives the students a very good insight into Politics at degree level, as International Relations is a key component of all undergraduate Politics courses.

Course content


Unit 1: People and Politics

  • Democracy and political participation
  • Party policies and ideas
  • Elections
  • Pressure groups

Unit 2:

  • The Constitution
  • Parliament
  • The Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Judges and civil liberties


Unit 3: Structures of Global Politics

  • Approaches to Global Politics
  • World order
  • Global Governance
  • European Union and regionalism

Unit 4: Global Political Issues

  • War, conflict and terrorism
  • Poverty and development
  • Environmental issues
  • Human rights 

Students will be expected to read and make notes on set topics, prepare and give presentations, as well as write essays on a variety of topics. 

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE English

Grade B in a humanities subject (history, geography, RE, economics or sociology)

Future opportunities

National and local government, the civil service, the Foreign Office, the European Union, Education, journalism, media, publishing, law, administration, marketing, personnel management and sales all require the kinds of skills developed in A level government and politics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic Secondary School directly.

Last updated date: 28 November 2016
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