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Goverment and Politics A Level at St Mary's Menston, a Catholic voluntary academy

Course description

The AQA AS and A Level Government and Politics course is suited to students who have a lively and enquiring mind and an ability to communicate ideas effectively. It encourages students to develop an awareness of the nature of politics and a sense of the rights and responsibilities of the individual within society.

Politics exists because people disagree. They disagree about how they should live, who should get what and about who should make the decisions. As an activity politics is the process through which people with different ideas, values, opinions and interests attempt to find a way of living together within the same society.

One of the main characteristics of the subject is that it is dynamic and contemporary. You will learn to understand the political system by studying developments as they happen. This sheds further light on the theory studied in class and gives a great sense of the importance of politics.

Politics is therefore likely to suit students who have an interest in the world around them, who want to understand the society they live in, how it works and how it could work. They will enjoy debate, discussion and argument and will recognise that there are no simple “rights” and “wrongs” in the political system.

Course content

In Year 12 we start by looking at politics in the UK: Who has the power? How important are elections? What are the limits on Parliament and the Prime Minister? We will learn how laws are made, and about the ever changing influence of political parties, the European Union and devolved government. Once you have knowledge of how the system works you will then go on to assess how well it works

In the A2 course we use the concepts and ideas we’ve learned in AS to explore the politics of the United States. In both the USA and the UK, there can be wide differences between what should happen in theory and political ideologies and how things happen in practice. In this course, we will look at both the theory and the practice.


Each Unit is assessed by a 90 minute examination. There is no assessed coursework.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 November 2017
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