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Government and Politics A Level at The Coopers' Company and Coborn School

Course description

The A Level Course consists of both UK and Global politics. Learning is focused on key areas such as the governing of the UK, the nature of the political system and how political ideas of conservatism, liberalism, and socialism influence current political parties. In addition there is an opportunity to study alternative political ideas and their relevance in the modern world. The Comparative Politics paper will focus on global politics and international relations from the late twentieth century to the current day, looking at significant developments since the end of the Cold War. The nature of power and world order, the development of international systems of law and global governance, are all principle themes.

Course content

PAPER 1 - UK Politics 2 hours

Political Participation (Democracy, Parties, Electoral systems, voting, the media)
Core Political Ideas (Conservatism, Liberalism, Socialism)

PAPER 2 - UK Government 2 hours

UK Government (The Constitution, Parliament, Prime Minister)
Optional Political Ideas (Anarchism, Ecologism, Feminism, Multiculturalism, Nationalism)

PAPER 3 - Comparative Politics 2 hours

Global Politics (sovereignty, global governance, power, world order, human rights, environment, regionalism, globalisation, European Union)

Entry requirements

A minimum grade B in GCSE History or if not studied a minimum level 6 in GCSE English Language or English Literature.


A variety of teaching and learning strategies are employed throughout the course. Students are expected to undertake group work, make presentations, use research skills, and to become independent learners. Students will be encouraged to express their opinions during class discussion, and to be up-to-date with key political issues and developments. Students should note that there is no coursework component within the ‘A’ Level.

Future opportunities

As an academic subject Government and Politics is very well regarded by all universities including Russell Group. Employers consider Politics a serious intellectual discipline providing an excellent basis for Business Management, International Business and Finance, Journalism, the Legal profession and the Civil Service. Many of our students go on to take Politics at degree level either separately or as part of another course e.g. History, Economics, PPE (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics) or International Relations and Business related degrees. You can also combine Modern Foreign languages with the study of Politics, and it is ideally placed to suit an application for the study of Law.

Further information

Politics is taken by many students who take Humanities and Arts subjects specifically History where an understanding of Politics is essential. Other complementary subjects to Politics include English and Geography, as well as the other three Social Sciences – Economics, Sociology, or Psychology. Politics can also be taken by students, who have focused on the Sciences or Mathematics in order to broaden their intellectual horizons, and to give them an alternative challenge and a more diverse skill set.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Coopers' Company and Coborn School directly.

Last updated date: 11 May 2017
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