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Government and Politics A Level at Finham Park School

Course description

You will develop a really deep understanding of the processes which lie behind how a massively complex country like ours operates. You will develop the ability to argue, debate and make judgements – to evaluate the rights and wrongs of political ideas and actions as you see them. You will develop an interest in current affairs – as the saying goes, “a week is a long time in politics”, and you will study politics in action to see the impact that it has. The subject values opinions, literacy, constructing arguments, an interest in History and Society, and defending your position when under attack. It will fit well with other Social Sciences subjects like Sociology and Law.

Course content

There will be three units to study in total. Units 1 and part of Unit 2 will be completed in Year 12.

Unit 1 is titled The Government of the UK. It explores issues such as our Constitution, the role and structure of Parliament, the roles and power of the Prime Minister and cabinet, the Judiciary, political parties and pressure groups, the EU and Devolution, elections, referendums and participation.

Unit 2 is titled Government and Politics of the USA. It explores similar topics to Unit 1, but explores the difference between the structures and roles of Government in the USA, for examples the powers of Congress and the President. Civil Rights is also studied.

Unit 3 is titled Political Ideas. It explores the ideologies and values behind politics – Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism, Nationalism aswell as

Entry requirements

GCSE 5 Grades 9 to 5 including English and Mathematics.


There will be 3 exams, all taken at the end of Year 13. They all last 2 hours. They are all essay based. Each exam deals with each of the 3 units described above.

Future opportunities

Government and Politics has strong links to other courses, especially other Social Science subjects such as Sociology and Law, aswell as History and Economics. It is an academic subject which is valued at University level and would be advantageous if you are thinking of taking PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) at degree level, or any of the
subjects already mentioned. Students interested in this area often find themselves working within Politics, the civil service, and government and public services.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 November 2017
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