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Government & Politics A2 at Southborough High School

Course description




‘One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.’  - Plato


‘Politics is the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen.’  - Winston Churchill


Why study Government and Politics?

Political decisions have a major influence on our lives. For that reason, it is important for young people to understand how their system of government operates. They should also be able, as informed citizens, to participate in the democratic process and make a difference when they have left school. A-level Politics is ideal preparation for those very important privileges that we as citizens of the United Kingdom enjoy.

The study of Politics is an exciting intellectual challenge where students can deploy a variety of academic skills. It involves debate and discussion, the ability to create an effective argument, to think and write logically and to make informed judgements about controversial issues. It also involves critical analysis and the ability to explain and express ideas and concepts clearly.  


Politics shares many study skills with history and for this reason, it is often studied by students in combination with history both at A-level and at degree level. It also combines well with a range of other academic subjects including English, Modern Languages and Geography.

Course content


The course

Students complete two units in year 12 to complete their AS level, and two further units in year 13 to complete the full A-level course.


Year 13


The A2 course expands students’ perspectives on politics through an introduction to Political Ideologies and to Global Political Issues.


Unit 3: Introducing Political Ideologies- Liberalism, Socialism, Conservatism, Anarchism

This topic introduces students to the subject of political ideology and examines the major ideas of liberalism, socialism, conservatism and anarchism.


Unit 4: Global Political Issues- Conflict, War and Terrorism, Poverty and Development, Environmental Issues, Human Rights

This topic examines key issues in recent global politics and how these issues are dealt with at a global level.


Entry requirements


Entry Requirements


There are no formal entry requirements to study politics at Southborough.

However, students will be required to have demonstrated an aptitude for the subject through good GCSE grades in humanities subjects such as History or Geography and/or in English.

Future opportunities


What can I do with A- level Government and Politics?

The above academic skills will be of benefit in a wide variety of university degrees. The ability to argue well, to use appropriately selected supporting evidence, to analyse sources of information, to write coherently and to reach informed judgements will stand all students in good stead at university. They will also help equip you for a wide variety of careers. In the fields of management, law, administration, accountancy, journalism and marketing, an A-level in Politics is a highly valued asset. Many employers regard A- level Politics as a very good training in the marshalling of arguments and in decision-making.


It will also help provide an excellent foundation to those who wish to pursue Politics, Law, Economics, Philosophy or History to degree level.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Number of planned places: 12

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