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Government and Politics (A Level) (Edexcel) at Wilson's School

Course description

Over the course of the last thirty years, the pace of political change has been accelerating. With the ending of the Cold War, the international system has been in a state of flux and there has been a growing questioning of widespread assumptions about consensus and the legitimacy of institutions. The shock waves provoked by the BREXIT vote and the growing support for Scottish independence from the UK are British manifestations of a global crisis impacting on established Liberal Democracies. The new AS course focuses on British Politics and, in particular, the workings of the modern British Political system at a time of growing change and uncertainty about the relationship between Britain and the outside world.

At A level, the focus is mainly on comparative politics. In addition to a paper on current political issues in British politics, there is an expectation that there will be an awareness of how international developments and institutions impact on domestic issues. There is also a focus both on comparative political ideologies and global politics. There will be an exploration of themes such as international governance, cooperation and regionalism with the rise of new global players in Asia and South America. The aim is to give candidates a greater knowledge and awareness of the interconnected nature of the world in which they live and also debates on whether there has been a shift in power and influence and the rise of a new World Order.

Course content

Lower Sixth units:

  • UK Politics (Political Participation)
  • UK Government

Upper Sixth units:

  • UK Politics
  • UK Government
  • Global Politics

Entry requirements

At least a grade 7 in English Language or English Literature, History or Geography.


AS Level examinations at the end of the Lower Sixth year cover topics covered in that year. A Level examinations at the end of the Upper Sixth year cover all topics covered in both years.

Future opportunities

People with Politics qualifications are found in many walks of life, from the media, business, economics, law and administration to name but a few.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wilson's School directly.

Last updated date: 19 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years