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Government and Politics GCE A Level (AQA) at Guiseley School

Course description

This subject is a two year, linear A level course.  This means that the whole course is assessed in Year 13. 


Politics is a broad term which describes the processes and ideas involved in running a state, in our case Britain.The study of politics therefore involves the study of a wide range of issues which effect the government of our country.These issues include looking at the fundamental principles of British democracy and the structure of the British state and constitution; the study of political parties, what these parties stand for and how they operate; the examination of voting behaviour and why people vote for the parties they do; the 'art' of politics and how politicians operate and the reasoning behind different political ideologies'.



Entry requirements

Students should achieve a minimum of:

5 GCSEs grade 4-9, which must include Maths and English Language or Literature.

In addition, GCSE grade 5 is required in the subject areas chosen to study at A level.


People, Politics and Participation.

This unit explores the principles of democracy, why people vote in the way that they do, how elections are lost and won and evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of our electoral system.

It also examines the political parties in British politics and examines their beliefs, divisions and structure.

This unit also explores participation in political activity in the wider context of British society. It examines protest groups,pressure groups and the ways in which people can influence government outside of the electoral and party political process.

Governing Modern Britain.

This unit focuses on the key institutions, laws and conventions that make up the British political system and constitution, explaining how the system works and evaluating how successful it is. Amongst other things you will examine the functions of the House of Commons and Lords, Cabinet and Prime Minister, Civil Service and Judiciary.


This unit studies the theory and ideas behind modern ‘ideologies’, focusing on Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism and Fascism.

The Government of the USA.

This unit studies how the USA is governed, looking in detail at the US constitution and the institutions that govern the country.            






Further information


This course can lead into many careers such as Law, Politics, Civil Service, Political Research. Government and Politics underpins our entire society and how it operates. It teaches us tolerance, fundamental British values and allows us to play a deep and active roll in our future

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 16 October 2018
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  • Start date: Next September