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Government and Politics at Holcombe Grammar School

Course description

Who should study politics, and why?  The short answer is that everyone should study politics – all members of society should have a general understanding of the rules under which they live.  For these rules to be effective, as many people as possible should actively participate in making them, upholding them and, maybe, changing them.  This is what is meant by ‘active citizenship’.  A healthy society is a society in which many people in political activity and do so with insight and understanding.


Politics is therefore particularly likely to suit students who

  • have in interest in the world around them – ones who want to know more about the society they live in, how it works and how it could work.
  • enjoy debate, discussion and argument –ones who are comfortable with the fact that in politics there are no simple ‘rights’ or ‘wrongs’

like to think for themselves –ones who want to develop their own views, rather than accept the views of others

Course content

Year 12

Unit 1 – People and Politics (Democracy and Participation, Political Parties, Pressure Groups, Elections and Voting)

Unit 2 – Governing the UK (The Constitution, Parliament, Prime Minister and Cabinet, The Judiciary and Civil Liberties)

Year 13

Unit 3 – Representative Processes in the USA (Elections and Voting, Political Parties, Pressure Groups, Racial and Ethnic Politics)

Unit 4 – Governing the USA (The Constitution, Federalism, Congress, Presidency, Supreme Court)

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 grade A* - C GCSEs including English Language and mathematics

At least grade B in a relevant GCSE subject such as History


All units are externally examined modules worth 25% of final grade.

Future opportunities

The study of politics offers clear preparation for a wide range of university courses.  It also prepares students for the world of work with particular relevance to public service such as the police force, teaching and civil service.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holcombe Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 24 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years