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Government and Politics A Level at Nelson and Colne College

Course description

While studying this A Level you will look at various different aspects of government and politics in order to understand how it connects to our world and the way in which we live. If you have an interest in current affairs, debate and discussion then A Level Government and Politics is for you. It will also give you the ideal opportunity to develop your own views and opinions using knowledge learnt on the course.

Course content

Unit 1 (AS year): People and Politics
This unit focuses on the basics of politics and how it affects both you and the general public. You will look at democracy, party politics and pressure groups, constantly linking knowledge to current affairs and our present political arena.

Unit 2 (AS year): Governing the UK
This unit focuses on the logistics of governance and looks at the constitution, the role of the Prime Minister and the cabinet, Parliament and the judiciary and civil rights.

A2 Year 
The second year gives you the chance to look at political ideologies, such as liberalism, anarchism and nationalism, in much more depth.

Entry requirements

You will be expected to have two Bs and three Cs in five subject areas at GCSE, to include a minimum of a grade C in Maths and English Language.


You will be assessed by three external written examinations at the end of the two-year course. Practical work is assessed in each written examination. Exams are based on your knowledge of politics, your ability to analyse and evaluate, and your use of political vocabulary.

Future opportunities

Former students have gone on to study at some of the UK’s top universities, including the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, King’s College London, the University of Liverpool, Keele University, the University of Manchester, the University of York and Lancaster University.

They are reading degree programmes such as International Relations and Politics, Law, Criminology, Philosophy and Politics, Criminal Justice, History and Politics and History.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nelson and Colne College directly.

Last updated date: 19 April 2016
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