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Government and Politics AS level at Wren Academy

Course description

This course allows students to study the workings on Government and Politics in the UK and at a global level. The business of politics touches every aspect of our lives and for this reason it is a subject which is always current and relevant. Whilst we might criticise governments for some of their policies, it has to be better than having no government at all. Society just wouldn’t function without an elected body to decide, say, what taxes will be levied, how those taxes will be spent on things like health and education or how the country will be defended. No matter whether government makes you feel angry or reassured understanding it is the key to getting to grips with the modern world and the part we can play in it. For this reason, it combines well with humanities and science subjects, as well as, its traditional companions of economics and philosophy.

Course content

AS Unit 1- Examination (25%)

People and Politics

This unit introduces students to the key channels of communication between government and the people. It encourages them to evaluate the adequacy of existing arrangements for ensuring representative democracy and electoral participation.

Unit 2- Examination (25%)

Governing the UK

This unit introduces students to the major governmental processes, such as legislature, within the UK. It encourages them to develop a critical understanding of the role and effectiveness of key institutions, such as the House of Commons, and of the relationship amongst them in the context of multi-level governance.

Entry requirements

Students will need to gain a B grade in English at GCSE to pursue this subject at AS and A2 Level.


The course is assessed by examination. In Year 12 students will take two exams both of which are 80 minutes and are equally weighted to form 50% of AS and 25% of the A Level.

Future opportunities

Government and Politics traditionally leads to the study of Political Science or PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) at undergraduate level and then on to jobs associated with Whitehall and Westminster. As a humanities subject, however, it prepares student well for the study of any Arts or Humanities subject at University. It is useful for careers in the civil service, the foreign office, finance, commerce and any job that requires employees to have a firm grasp of current affairs.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wren Academy directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year