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Government and Politics AS and A Level *Fees Payable* at St Christopher School

Course description

If you find the events on the news perplexing and want to understand them more, if you want to understand something of the history of Britain and other countries since 1945; if you are interested in the philosophies and policies of the main political parties, the way Britain’s and other nations’ governments are run and some of the key political concepts of the modern world, Politics is for you.

Course content

Government & Politics AS Course (OCR specification)

Unit 1
Contemporary Government of the UK

Unit 2
Contemporary Politics of the UK

Government & Politics A2 Course (OCR specification)

Unit 3
US Government & Politics

Unit 5
Contemporary Politics of the US

Entry requirements

You will have an interest in understanding the complexities of British society and a willingness to read newspapers and pay attention to broadcast news and documentaries.  You need to have a critical and enquiring mind and a desire to defend a viewpoint with sustained and clear use of evidence, both in writing and orally in lessons.

A GCSE grade C in History or other humanities subjects is very useful as you will need to be familiar with the techniques of source analysis and some basic political and economic concepts.


You will learn by a mixture of talks, discussion groups, video and audio material, visits to political talk shows such as BBC Question Time, to A Level Politics conferences, to the Law Courts and to Parliament.  We will read recent newspaper and magazine articles and watch recent documentaries.  There will be outside speakers and opportunities to attend debates at the Council Chamber and meetings of pressure groups.

Financial information

Fees will be payable for this course. Further details regarding scholarships, bursaries and exact fees are available on the website.

Future opportunities

Careers in Teaching, Political and Social Research, the Civil Service, Journalism, Publishing, Television and Radio, Public Relations, the Law, Social Services and many others beckon.

Further information

Please be aware that St Chris Sixth Form is a fee-paying independent provider.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Christopher School directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2016
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