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Government and Politics A Level at John Henry Newman Catholic College

Course description

What is it and why bother?

The student fees scandal, the introduction of minimum and living wages for 18-year-olds, and the decision not to lower the voting age are just three pieces of legislation or policy decision that have directly affected you in recent months. Government and Politics offers an insight into who has the power to change our lives, why, and how.

At AS Level, you will develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the political system of the UK. This will be followed by further specialisation at A2, through a number of optional units. These units do not follow prescribed routes and offer flexibility to select the areas of study which are of greatest interest.

Also at AS, the specification concentrates on People, Politics and Participation, as well as Governing Modern Britain, retaining much of the content from the previous specification.

At A2, the specification retains the popular options from the previous specification, including US Politics and US Government and Ideologies. New options have also been introduced, including Political Issues: Ideologies in Action, providing further choice for you.

Famous students of politics:

  • Christopher Hitchens
  • Harry Enfield
  • Jerry Springer
  • Rupert Murdoch
  • Hillary Clinton
  • Barack Obama

Course content

Subject content:

AQA Politics 7151/7152 – from 2017

  1. Government and politics of the UK
  2. Government and politics of the USA and comparative politics
  3. Political ideas

Entry requirements

A minimum of a grade 5 in GCSE English is required to study A Level Politics. Students’ other examination results must also demonstrate their academic aptitude and ability to write extended essays


Example assessments (AQA):

A mixture of medium length ‘explain’ and essay style questions.

Paper 1

Government and politics of the UK
Written exam: 2 hours
77 marks
33⅓ % of A-level

Paper 2

The government and politics of the USA
Comparative politics
Written exam: 2 hours
77 marks
33⅓ % of A-level

Paper 3

Political ideas
Written exam: 2 hours
77 marks
33⅓ % of A-level

Future opportunities

Potential careers:

  • Journalist
  • political assistant/researcher
  • professional politician
  • teacher
  • diplomatic service officer
  • public relations
  • lawyer
  • barrister
  • careers in human rights or with charities

Further information

Why do employers and universities like A-Level Politics?

Government and Politics enables you to develop a wide range of skills including the ability to comprehend, synthesise and interpret political information; analyse and evaluate political knowledge; identify connections, similarities and differences between the areas studied; select relevant material and construct and communicate arguments clearly and coherently using appropriate political vocabulary. More broadly, Government and Politics encourages a critical mind, a thirst for knowledge, and an ability to identify how and when to ask difficult questions.

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: 19 November 2018
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