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Government and Politics AS/A Level at Helsby High School

Course description

The course is delivered by members of the History department who are very experienced in teaching this subject.

Pupils who opt for this course find that they gain a number of benefits; they meet the challenge of learning a new and unfamiliar subject and also become much better informed citizens.  They begin to see the real advantages of living in a democracy and participating in the political process.

In recent years Government and Politics has become increasingly popular.

The course offers students the opportunity to study British government and politics in Year 12.  As well as gaining a sound knowledge of political institutions, students also explore current issues as they relate to these features. The examination of key political concepts underpins the learning experience in this year.

Course content

Advanced (A2)

In Year 13 students explore the American political system and make comparisons with Britain.  This offers students the opportunity to carry out detailed investigations and apply their knowledge and understanding at a higher level.

Scheme of Assessment AS

  • AS Unit 1 Written Paper: People, Politics and Participation in the UK
  • AS Unit 2 Written Paper: Governing Modern Britain

Scheme of Assessment A2

  • Unit 3 Written Paper:  The Politics of the USA
  • Unit 4 Written Paper:  The Government of the USA


Entry requirements

In order to show that you are ready for an A Level in Government & Politics, we advise that a B in a humanities GCSE should be achieved, in addition to a minimum of a B in English Language, and your 6th Form entry requirements

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 July 2016

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