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Politics A Level at Southern Consortium Sixth Form

Course description

‘A’ level Government & Politics provides opportunities for developing an understanding of moral, ethical, social and cultural issues, together with an awareness of environmental issues, citizenship, and European developments consistent with relevant international agreements appropriate as applied to politics.

Those who complete this course will have an informed understanding of the workings of the UK political system. They will be able to discuss issues and developments within the main political parties, institutions and pressure groups which operate in our country.

Course content

  • The course is delivered during two double and one single (hour-long) period each week by Mr. Sullivan. Regular attendance is a necessity; remember-this is not a correspondence course.
  • All students are expected to contribute to lessons on a regular basis by making short presentations, contributing to discussions, explaining issues or simply answering questions and explaining their thoughts.
  • The set texts, handouts and other revision materials are provided throughout the course and students expected to use them on a regular basis.
  • Students are expected to complete a reading and a written homework each week.
  • Regular tracking assessments are set in order to monitor as well as encourage progress.
  • The school arranges a field trip to Westminster as well as attendance at a revision conference during year 12.

Entry requirements

Students must meet the Consortium minimum entry criteria for A Level courses, that is, a GCSE grade 5 and above in English and Maths, as well as a minimum of GSCE grade C’s and B’s (point score of 41.5).

To study A Level Politics students are also required to have a GCSE English grade 6.


100% externally assessed by two 80-minute examinations:

  • Unit 1 People and Politics
  • Unit 2 Governing the UK

Future opportunities

Higher education in law, economics, history, politics, international affairs, journalism, local government, and public affairs.

Further information

  • Maintain an interest in current affairs. Watch the news and other current affairs programmes such as Newsnight, the Politics Show and The Sunday Politics on a regular basis. Students are expected to read the quality press and maintain an awareness of the latest political developments in order to inform their understanding of UK and world events.
  • Visit mainstream party political websites to view what they are offering voters or planning.
  • Go to the ‘’ website; complete the questions to discover where you stand on the political spectrum in terms of ideology and policies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Southern Consortium Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 30 November 2017
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    • At the Jo Richardson School, our motto “Success for All” underpins everything that we do at the school and puts the students’ achievements at the centre of our vision.  We have a commitment to the highest academic standards combined with a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular activities aimed at enhancing the opportunities offered to all our students.

      Working with our colleagues as part of the Southern Consortium, sixth form subject staff are well qualified to teach A level and vocational courses and excel in bringing out the best in all the students they work with. They are dedicated to working hard and providing a high level of professional teaching. There are staff responsible for the mentoring and care of students through a tutor group system and a range of opportunities for one-to-one guidance and support.

      We want our students to feel happy, secure and enjoy coming to school. We are committed to forming positive relationships with parents and keeping them informed of students’ targets and progress.  Alongside our extensive range of A level courses we also offer practical, work-related courses. There are opportunities for community service, young enterprise, sport, music, drama, university visits, careers advice and plenty of social events. We provide a programme of academic events for students to improve their study skills, chances of getting to university and self-confidence.

      Consortium Transport

      The Consortium provides a friendly and efficient bus service, which is free to students, that moves students at lesson changes between Consortium school sites.