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Government & Politics at Runshaw College

Course description

Why should I come to Runshaw to study Government and Politics?

Government and Politics is a great choice if you enjoy current affairs, debates and discussions, and wish to study a subject that is vibrant and exciting.

We regularly host visits from MPs and councillors, and students have the opportunity to experience a field visit to Parliament. Runshaw students have taken part in Chorley Borough Question Time both as panel and audience members, asking questions of local politicians in the run up to the last General Election. Through our Politics Academy students have also assisted in the running of mock elections at a local high school, and have taken part in a residential trip to London visiting Parliament and the Supreme Court and engaging Deputy Speaker and Chorley MP, Lindsay Hoyle, in a Q&A session in the historic committee rooms. We also undertook the Karl Marx walking tour of central London.

Our 100% pass rate in 2015 means that students enjoy and achieve studying Government and Politics at Runshaw College.

What will I study?

As most students will not have studied politics previously, prior knowledge will not be an assumption and staff will encourage the acquisition of skills in the first few weeks of the course. Students will keep a political diary through their research into current affairs and developments.

The course itself particularly concentrates on the changeable values of British politics, including:

  • electoral systems and voting behaviour
  • features of a representative democracy
  • issues in British politics today
  • parties and pressure groups
  • the politics of the USA

Entry requirements

For access to our A Level Programme, our entry requirements are 5 x grade B equivalent (5 x Grade 5 or B) in a range of separate subjects.
For Government & Politics specifically, this should include a grade B/5 in a written subject.


How is the course examined?

100% written examination.

Financial information

No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.

Future opportunities

What will this course prepare me for?

The course is an excellent preparation for a wide variety of university courses and people-orientated careers such as law, journalism, government, human resources, teaching and politics.

Further information

Which subjects complement this A Level?

Humanities based subjects

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: 28 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: LAGOVER

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