Accessibility links

Government & Politics AS & A Level at Richard Huish College

Course description

If you follow current affairs, enjoy reading the newspaper or watching news programmes on television, then this course should appeal to you.

You will develop a critical awareness of the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes. The course will give you a knowledge and understanding of the structures of authority and power within the political system of the UK and the USA, and how these may differ from those of other political systems. You will develop your capacity for critical thinking as you consider the relationships between different aspects of this subject and view the issues you study in a broader context.

Course content

Here are some of the topic areas we cover:

• UK politics: Political parties, voting behaviour, Parliament, the Prime Minister and Government.
• US politics: US elections and political parties, US Congress, the President and Government.

Entry requirements

Standard college entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English Language

Financial information

You will have the opportunity to go on two major trips as part of this course. There is a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament and a trip to New York and Washington DC to see the White House, the Capitol building, Empire State building, the 9/11 memorial and much more.

Future opportunities

Most students go on to study a variety of humanities based degrees at university. Then they progress to careers such as – teaching, local government, journalism, the military, Civil Service, management, law etc.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Huish College directly.

Last updated date: 15 November 2016
Provider logo

Key information

  • Start date: Next September


  • More information
    • Huish is situated on the edge of parkland overlooking fields and hills, about ten minutes walk from the town centre.

      Huish is committed to encouraging you to travel to college by cycle, public transport or car sharing where possible. There is a cycle path to the College taking you to Vivary Park so that you don’t have to walk or cycle with the traffic along South Road. It takes about 15 minutes to walk to college from the bus station but many of the buses students use come directly to the campus.