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Government & Politics A-Level at Diss High School

Course description

‘A’ Level Government and Politics is a stimulating course that deals with issues which are part of our everyday lives. Politicians determine the services we receive, the rights we enjoy and the laws with which we must comply.

Course content

The ‘AS’ modules examine the political system in the UK and are split into two units:

Unit 1: People and Politics (one hour and twenty minute exam)

This unit examines how our democracy and electoral systems function, what political parties stand for and the role of pressure groups.

Unit 2: Governing the UK (one hour and twenty minute exam)

The institutions of Parliament, Government, Prime Minister, Cabinet, Civil Service and the Judiciary will be studied, as well as assessing the British Constitution.

The two ‘A2’ Units will analyse various political ideologies including conservatism, liberalism, socialism, nationalism, feminism, anarchism, multiculturalism and ecologism.

Entry requirements

You are required to have at least five Cs at GCSE including Maths and English Language at Grade C.

Subject Specific

You are not expected to have studied Politics before but you should have GCSE English at B or above.

Additionally, you should have a keen interest in contemporary political affairs and keep up to date with political news stories, whether in newspapers, broadcasts or on-line.


All units are assessed by exam.

Future opportunities

An ‘A’ Level in Politics is well regarded by universities and employers because of the analytical and discursive nature of the course. It provides an excellent academic foundation for careers in the civil service, local government, the legal system, the media, teaching and social work.

It is a good foundation for those seeking entry to the Oxford ‘Politics, Philosophy and Economics’ course (PPE) and the Cambridge ‘Politics and International Studies’ course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 June 2015

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