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Government & Politics A Level at Chipping Sodbury School

Course description

AS Level: British Government and Politics:

  • How powerful is the Prime Minister?
  • How much power do the Liberal Democrats have within the coalition?
  • What do the political parties actually stand for?
  • How democratic is the United Kingdom?
  • How well are freedom and human rights protected in the UK?

A2 – American Government and Politics

  • Is Obama the most powerful man in the world?
  • Why are political decisions made by the Supreme Court rather than Congress?
  • Does race still matter in America’s society now they have a black president?

Entry requirements

For all Level 3 courses, students are expected to have achieved a minimum of 5 GGSEs at grade C or equivalent. For A Levels this should include both English and Maths.


AS Level

  • Paper 1 British Politics Choice of 2 structured questions from 4
  • Paper 2 British Government Choice of 1 structured question from 2. Choice of 1 essay from 2

A2 Level

  • Paper 3 American Politics Three short essay questions from a choice of five. One long essay question out of a choice of three.
  • Paper 4 American Government Three short essay questions from a choice of five. One long essay question out of a choice of three.

All units carry equal weight. There is no coursework.

Future opportunities

Government and Politics is a well-respected academic A Level valued by universities and employers. There are strong overlaps with Modern History. This course will be helpful in progression to a wide range of courses in the social sciences and art at university including politics, history, geography, philosophy, law, international relations, American studies, business, economics and PPE.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chipping Sodbury School directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

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