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Government & Politics A Level at St Helens College

Course description

A level Government and Politics is an extremely exciting and varied subject, which relates to the latest issues within the media such as the current unrest in Iraq and Syria, the health service and education, to name but a few.

In a world that is ever changing, keeping up to date with the contemporary political environment is crucial in understanding new laws, movements and economic climate.

This A level will allow you to gain an understanding of how governments work, how political systems influence our daily lives and the national and international impacts of social policy.

Course content

During this A level, you will focus on the politics of modern Britain, covering the following units:

  • The structure of the British political system and where the balance of power lies.
  • The nature of the UK constitution and the pressures upon it.
  • How political parties and pressure groups operate.
  • Why the traditions of British politics have stood the test of time.
  • The development of political ideologies and ideas.
  • How ideologies have shaped our society.
  • Why ideologies and civilizations collide.
  • How powerful political ideas result in the policies and laws which govern our lives.

Entry requirements

You should have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and maths. There is no requirement to have studied anything relating to politics at GCSE level.


You will be assessed by examinations at the end of each year.

Financial information

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2016), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation.

Future opportunities

A level Government and Politics is excellent preparation for a wide variety of degrees, including both the FdA in Criminal Justice and FdA in Social Policy, Health and Housing at University Centre St Helens.

Many students go on to study politics at university which can lead to a number of careers such as:

  • Law
  • Local government
  • Journalism
  • Teaching
  • Social research

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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