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Government and Politics A Level at Langley Park School for Boys

Course description

Politics is the study of power in society, the state and government. Students of Politics will look at the organisation of power in two ways. Firstly, how our constitution, state and government operate and how it compares with other countries, particularly the United States of America. Secondly, how we as individual citizens can participate in politics via elections, political parties, pressure groups and the democracy in which we live. The course also explores a range of key political ideas that offer different interpretations on human nature, society and the economy


Course content

Component 1: UK Politics and Core Political Ideas
- Democracy and Participation.
- Political parties.
- Electoral Systems.
- Voting behaviour and the media.

Core Political Ideas.
- Liberalism.
- Conservatism.
- Socialism.

Component 2: UK Government and Political Ideas
• The Constitution.
• Parliament.
• Prime Minister and Executive.
• Relationships between branches.

Political Ideas (1 from the following 5).
• Anarchism.
• Ecologism.
• Feminism.
• Multiculturalism.
• Nationalism.

Component 3: Government and Politics of the USA
• The US constitution and Federalism.
• US congress.
• US Presidency.
• US Supreme Court.
• US Democracy and Participation.
• US Civil Rights.

Entry requirements

An interest in Politics and Current Affairs is essential and the ability to keep up with current news and political developments is imperative. The ability to express ideas and opinions verbally and in essays is very important.

B in History or a Humanity.


Three equally weighted written examination papers each of two hours.

Future opportunities

Students could study this subject at university. Former students have gone on to pursue careers in Local Government, Journalism, Law, the Civil Service, Finance and Teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Langley Park School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 15 May 2017
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