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Government and Politics AS and A Level at Portsmouth College

Course description

The course is an excellent choice for students with an interest in politics, society and current affairs.  You also develop skills of communication, analysis, evaluation and the consideration of a range of viewpoints.  

Course content

The first year focuses on the British political system.  You will explore:

  • The roles and functions of political parties and pressure groups
  • Different types of electoral systems
  • Recent controversies in British democracy
  • The composition and powers of parliament, the PM and the judiciary

If we able to offer the A2 year you will explore political systems and controversies in the USA:

  • Political systems and representative processes in the USA
  • Electoral structures, campaign finance and voting behaviour
  • Democrats, Republicans and minor parties
  • Racial and ethnic issues and policies in American politics

Entry requirements

You would normally be expected to have at least five GCSEs at grades A*-C (including English Language), some at grade B or above. Level 2 BTEC or OCR National qualifications (at Merit grade or higher) would be a useful addition but cannot be used instead of the basic GCSE requirement.


There are two examinations in each year and there is no coursework.

Future opportunities

There will be visits to Parliament and to off-site conferences for Politics students. You will also have an opportunity to take part in the Department’s overseas residential visit.  Previous venues have included Brussels, Strasbourg, Rome, Auschwitz and New York.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Portsmouth College directly.

Last updated date: 21 July 2016
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