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A Level Government & Politics at Seaford Head School and 6th form centre

Course description

Students who enrol on this course will be developing the following skills:

  • the ability to comprehend, synthesise and interpret political information
  • Analyse and evaluate political knowledge
  • identify connections, assess similarities and differences between the areas studied
  • select relevant material and construct and communicate arguments clearly and coherently using appropriate political vocabulary

As students embark on their university or professional lives, never has it been more important to think critically and analytically in order to make informed judgements about the world around them. This course allows students the opportunity to develop a way of thinking that is essential for the modern professional world and to establish knowledge of the wider world around them in depth, and not just of the political nature.


Course content

This is a 2 year course. The first year of the course focusses on British politics and the second year on American politics:

· Unit 1: People, Politics and Participation

· Unit 2: Governing modern Britain

· Unit 3: The politics of the USA or Ideologies

· Unit 4 :The politics of the USA or Ideologies in Action

More information can be found about the breakdown of the subject content at:

The A-level Government and Politics specification is designed to encourage students to develop their critical thinking skills and enhance their ability to interpret, evaluate and comment on the nature of politics. Students acquire knowledge of the structures of authority and power within the political system of the United Kingdom and are encouraged to think and debate more widely about how other political systems may differ. 

Exam Board: AQA


Entry requirements

GCSE English: 5, GCSE Geography or History: C minimum 


4x 1.5 hour long examinations over the 2 year course.

Each one is worth 80 marks.

Each one is worth 25% of the overall A – Level. 2 exams in June of year 12. 2 exams in June of year 13. 

Financial information

No enrolment fee.

Resource fees may apply.

Future opportunities

A level Government and Politics is a good choice for students considering a career in the professions, or those who simply want to understand how the world works. Politics goes well with Economics, History, Sociology and English.

Politics does not just appeal to Social Science students, however: increasingly Art and Drama students have enrolled to study Government and Politics, giving them a broader perspective on the world.


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: 05 October 2016
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