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Government and Politics AS/A2 Level at Christleton High School

Course description


Students must have a willingness to follow national and global political events via the press, TV, radio and Internet. The course involves a visit to Parliament and in some years, an optional study tour of Washington DC. There will also be opportunities to attend conferences that address key political issues and hear well-known speakers.


Why study Government & Politics?

How we govern ourselves and political issues affect everyone, and in a world changing evermore rapidly, an understanding of politics is invaluable.

Politics is about the study of power and, in a democracy, this should lie with the people.

You will discover how much power people really have and you may be surprised by what you uncover!


Course content


The syllabus consists of four modules, with students able to study two modules to gain an AS Level qualification at the end of Year 12, or all four modules to gain an A2 Level qualification in Year 13.

The subject is taught over nine one-hour lessons per fortnight and assessment is by examination. Topics covered in the course include: the role and powers of Parliament, the Prime Minister and pressure groups; Britain’s relationship with the EU; the Democratic and Republican parties in the USA; and presidential government.

AS Year:

1 People and Politics

2 Governing the UK


A2 Year:

3 Representative Processes in the USA

4 Governing the USA





Entry requirements


Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including a grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics.



Future opportunities


An A-Level in Politics is a well regarded subject at university and can lead to careers in Business, Law, Politics, Media, Teaching, Diplomacy, Journalism to name but a few.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christleton High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years