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Government & Politics at Outwood Grange Academy

Course description

The A Level course consists of three exam papers:

  • Paper 1: Government and politics of the UK
  • Paper 2: The government and politics of the USA and comparative politics
  • Paper 3: Political ideas

As part of this course students will develop indepth knowledge of UK and US government and politics with comparisons then being made between these two systems.  Students will be required to identify parallels, connections, similarities and differences between aspects of politics.  This will ensure that students develop a critical awareness of the changing nature of politics and the relationships between political ideas, political institutions and political processes.  The political ideas to be studied have relevance to both of the systems of government and politics.  The study of the four ideologies will enhance the students' knowledge and understanding of politics, political debate and political issues in both the UK and the USA.

Course content

What will I learn at A Level?

Units covered will be:

The Government and Politics of the UK;

Nature and sources of the British Constitution, the structure and role of Parliament, the Prime Minister and cabinet, the Judiciary and Devolution, democracy and participation, elections, political parties and pressure groups.

Government and Politics of the USA;

The constitutional framework of the USA, Congress, the President, the Supreme Court, elections, political parties and pressure groups.

Political Ideas;

Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism



Entry requirements

No prior learning is required for this course although a Level 5 in GCSE English would be needed to enable the student to understand the course content and assessment requirements.



How will I be assessed at A Level?

  • Paper 1:  Written exam, 2 hours, 33.3% of A Level
  • Paper 2:  Written exam, 2 hours, 33.3% of A Level
  • Paper 3:  Written exam, 2 hours, 33.3% of A Level

Future opportunities

Politics is an increasingly sought after A-Level which allows access into a range of careers. The analytical, presentational and communicational skills required to succeed when studying Politics lend themselves to careers such as: business, management and public relations.

Further information

What skills will I develop?

Studying A Level Politics will expand your understanding of the political systems surrounding us.  You will develop skills of explanation and analysis and will form sustained judgements about the strengths and weaknesses within political systems.  You will assess parallels, similarities and differences between systems and build these into detailed arguments.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 25 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Number of planned places: 30