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Government and Politics A Level at Devonport High School for Girls

Course description

Government and Politics A Level enables students to understand the political processes and debates that shape the modern world. The course involves a lot of discussion and debate and students are encouraged to think critically about the material they study. At AS level, the main focus is British politics, and constitutional structures. Students look at how British politics works in practice including the role of the Houses of Commons and Lords and the Prime Minister. At A2 level we study the American political system and ideological and political issues concerning feminism, racism and the economy. During the course there will be a number of school trips to support the students’ learning to places such as Westminster and the Scottish Parliament.

Please note that two lessons a week will need to be taught as twilight.  This is proposed to happen on a Tuesday and Thursday evening.

Course content

AS Level


Unit 1 - People, Politics and Participation

Electoral Systems

Political Parties

Voter Behaviour and Participation


Unit 2 - Governing Modern Britain


Cabinet Government

Multilevel Governance

A2 Level


Unit 3 - Contemporary US Government and Politics

Political parties and Voting Behaviour

The Electoral Process and Direct Democracy

Voting Behaviour


Unit 4 - Political Issues: Ideologies in Action

The Economy

Ethnicity and Gender

The Environment

Future opportunities

Government and Politics is an academically rigorous subject that is accepted by Universities as a valuable A Level. It combines well with other Humanities such as Law, History and Economics and will be a useful preparation for University level study of any of these subjects. It is relevant to a number of careers including Journalism, Politics, Law and International Relations. An A Level in this subject indicates to a future employer or University that the student has the intellectual ability to understand the broader forces that shape society and is able to actively engage with them.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 May 2017

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