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Government & Politics A level at Edmonton County School

Course description

This course will be a good choice for you if you enjoy debating current affairs and politics, have a keen appreciation of the need to participate in the decision making process and like doing a subject that affects their everyday lives. It is a good choice if you are looking for an academic and well-respected subject but want to keep your options open – Politics can be useful for a wide range of careers and can be combined with a wide range of social sciences and humanities subjects.

Course content

In this course you will learn about contemporary political issues, the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes. You will learn about the systems that govern our country, and how these differ to systems in other countries. You will consider the effectiveness of our democracy and debate and consider a range of topical and controversial issues.

In year 12 the focus is on British Politics. At year 13 we move on to learn about the politics of the USA. 

Entry requirements

You need to have attained at least a grade B in English or a Humanities subject


You will be assessed by two exams at the end of each year of study.

The exams will include short answer questions and essay questions which will test your analytical and intellectual skills. Some will also test your ability to respond to a source on a contested political issue. There is no coursework.

Future opportunities

Government and Politics combines well with a range of social sciences and humanities subjects to lead to university courses in such areas as business, economics, law, media, philosophy and, of course, politics.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September