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Government & Politics A-Level at Whitefield School

Course description

Apart from gaining a respected academic qualification, the study of Government and Politics enables students to gain an understanding of the political world in which they live and how politics affects every area of their lives. Government and Politics is an ideal accompaniment to the study of Law, History, Economics and Sociology.

Course content

The Edexcel Government and Politics course is designed to introduce A level students to the complexities of the political world, both in the UK and the USA. Students study the following units:

Unit 1:People and politics. This unit allows students the opportunity to understand in what ways ordinary citizens can interact with political life in the UK.
Unit 2: Governing the UK. Learn how the UK governing institutions interact, what powers they have and how democratic they are is what is studied in this unit.

Students will also cover 2 units at A2 Unit 3: Representative processes in the USA and Unit 4: Governing the USA (Unit 3 is worth 25% of the A2 and Unit 4 is worth 25%).

Entry requirements

In order to study Government and Politics at AS level, students must achieve at least 5 A* to C grades at GCSE level. This should include English Language and Mathematics. GCSE History would be helpful, but is not compulsory.


Students will cover 2 units in AS. Each of the units is worth 50% of the AS and 25% of the A2. All units will be assessed by examination at the end of each year. The Unit 1 and 2 exams take place at the end of Year 12. The Unit 3 and 4 exams take place at the end of Year 13. Students follow the Edexcel English Language GCE syllabus.

Future opportunities

Government and Politics is a respected academic subject which is ideal for entry into higher education. It is particularly valuable for careers not only in politics, but also the civil service, teaching, law and the social services.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 June 2015

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