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Government and Politics A Level at The Henrietta Barnett School

Course description

Politics is an essential activity in all societies. This course provides a study of British and comparative politics which will help students understand contemporary issues.

As well as giving a broad background to British and Global politics, the course also develops important skills such as critical thought, evaluation and analysis. All students participate in debates and presentations in lessons. 

It is not necessary to have studied any particular GCSE subjects. Politics combines well with most subjects and offers a useful background for higher education.

Course content

A mix of teaching techniques is used: analysis of relevant and appropriate material, discussion and DVDs. Homework is usually essays, comprehension exercises or research.

No knowledge of politics is assumed at the start of the course but it is expected that students will keep themselves informed by reading suitable newspapers and watching/listening to relevant television and radio programmes. An eagerness to keep up with current affairs is essential.

Visits to outside lectures and conferences are organised, which prove both useful and enjoyable. There is also a trip to Parliament in Year 12. Some students arrange work experience which has relevance to the subject; in particular, in recent years, many have shadowed a Westminster MP.

Entry requirements

For all applicants, both internal and external, the minimum requirement is: (a) At least six grades 7 or above at GCSE (grade A or above in unreformed GCSEs) (b) At least a grade 6 in English Language and Mathematics, if these subjects are not being taken in the Sixth Form. (c) At least grade 7 (grade A or above in unreformed GCSEs) at GCSE in the subjects to be studied at A Level. For Further Mathematics an 8 or 9 (A* in the unreformed GCSE). sFor subjects not previously studied at GCSE, a grade 7 or above (grade A or above in unreformed GCSEs) in an equivalent subject will be required (please see the Sixth Form Information Booklet).


There are three examinations at the end of A2. They consist of essay and shorter questions. There is no coursework.

Future opportunities

Suggested career paths:

Law, journalism, public administration and the media.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Henrietta Barnett School directly.

Last updated date: 19 December 2017
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