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Government and Politics A level at Oaks Park High School

Course description

The course has been designed to provide students with a balanced education in politics. Students are encouraged to develop a critical awareness of the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes.

The first year of study explores representative democracy and participation as well as key governmental processes and institutions, the second year of study explores the history and contemporary application of political ideologies including socialism, conservatism and liberalism. 

Government and Politics combines particularly well with history and other social sciences subjects. Any student with an interest in current affairs is likely to do well in the subject. 

Course content

Autumn Unit: GP01 People and Politics
elections, democracy and participation, pressure groups and political parties
Spring Unit: GP02 Governing the UK
parliament, the judiciary, the constitution and the executive
Autumn Unit: GP03 Political Ideologies
Liberalism, Socialism, Conservatism and Anarchism
Spring Unit: GPO4 Political Ideologies
Multiculturalism, Ecologism, feminism and Nationalism 
A variety of teaching and learning strategies are employed throughout the course during lessons. Students should expect to undertake some group work, compose presentations (using ICT), write essays and conduct research. Students MUST be prepared to undertake research and reading in a self-directed manner. 

Entry requirements

C Grade in any of the following GCSEs : History, Geography, Sociology, R.E. or English Literature. 


Assessment of final grade is accounted for through four examinations, each of which accounts for 25%.

Financial information

The department and school library are resourced with all primary and supplementary texts approved by the exam board. 

Future opportunities

Like history, Government and politics is well regarded by universities and employers, not least because it facilitates writing and critical thinking skills.

'A' level government and politics offers a wide range of opportunities in academia and the world of work - some particularly relevant professions include the Civil Service, journalism, law, research, teaching, local government, pressure groups, trade unionism and many more. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 November 2016
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