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Government and Politics AS/A-level at Springwood High School

Course description

Politics is the art or science of governing - who should have power in society? What's the best way to live? Who should decide the Government? If we vote, who is entitled to a vote? Do we all deserve a vote? These are just some of the engaging topics that are a central part of an A Level in Government and Politics. 

Course content

This course gives you the knowledge to understand how UK Government works. Whilst we may be critical of some polices, society wouldn't function without an elected body to decide what taxes are levied, what the policies in education should be and how best to defend our country. Additionally, if you want to work in local or national government, aspire to be an MP or you aim to make a difference to society; this course is a valuable step.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 A* - C grades at GCSE including Maths and English. B grade in an English GCSE qualification plus B grade in 1 humanities subject.


There are 2 exams each year. Each paper lasts 90 minutes, contains 2 topics from a choice of 4 and is 50% of the marks for that year - exam only assessment.

Paper 1 in AS is called "People. Politics and Participation".

Paper 2 in AS is called "Governing Modern Britain".

Pass at end of 1st year recognised as an AS Level, end of year 2 is the full A2 Level.

Future opportunities

The skills acquired as a result of studying Government and Politics mean that a range of professions including the law, journalism, the media, and the civil service are all areas which should be considered.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years