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Government and Politics A Level Edexcel at Sir Roger Manwood's School

Course description

Why study this subject? 

The course is designed to promote interest in the discipline of politics and offers an insight into political participation, competing beliefs and governmental institutions in the United Kingdom and the United States. There is a good deal of focus on contemporary political debate and students are encouraged to engage with the news and current affairs. 

If you have an interest in current affairs and how government works, you should find the course worthwhile. Politics will support other arts and humanities subjects such as Economics and History and also Law.

The very nature of politics involves debate and argument. Students should expect to read quality newspapers and follow current affairs in order to support work in the classroom.

Visits will be made to suitable lectures and Parliament during the course.


Course content

Course content:


Unit 1 Edexcel 6GP01

This unit focuses on people and politics in the UK political system. Students cover the following topics:

  • Democracy and political participation in the UK
  • UK political parties and ideals
  • UK elections
  • UK pressure groups

Unit 2 Edexcel GP02

This unit focuses on governing of UK. Students cover the following topics:

  • UK Constitution
  • UK Parliament
  • UK Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Judges and civil liberties in the UK

Unit 3 Edexcel 6GP03 Topic C

This unit focuses on representative processes in the USA. Students cover the following topics:

  • UK elections and voting
  • US political parties
  • US pressure groups
  • Racial and ethnic politics in the USA

Unit 4 Edexcel 6GP04 Topic C

This unit focuses on governing the USA. Students cover the following topics:

  • US Constitution
  • US Congress
  • US Presidency
  • US Supreme Court

Entry requirements

At least a B grade GCSE in a related discipline.

Future opportunities

Advanced GCE in Government and Politics could lead to a wide range of careers and higher education courses. You could take it with other advanced level courses or equivalent to prepare for higher education in areas of Governments and Politics or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Government and Politics such as working for the local or national government within areas of housing, tax, education, travel and other areas of government. You could also train further to become a member of parliament! The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the government related sectors.

Further information

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 23 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years