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Government and Politics A Level at Woodroffe School

Course description

The course aims to stimulate and develop an interest in and understanding of Politics both in and outside of the UK, and of core political ideologies.

Course content

Year 12

Students study the political system in the UK, learn about the constitution, how Parliament works, the powers of the Prime Minister, how elections are run and what different political parties stand for. They will examine how each of us is affected by what politicians do, and how we can all be a part of the democratic process.

Year 13

Students will look at how political systems work elsewhere, such as in the United States, and compare the British experience with others in an increasingly globalised world. Students will investigate the core ideologies of Liberalism, Conservatism and Socialism, as well as having the opportunity to examine issues such as nationalism, feminism and multiculturalism

Entry requirements

Six GCSEs Grade A* - C including GCSE Grade 6 or above in English and Grade C or above in a Humanity (History/Geography).


Year 12
Centre set assessments, including extended written assignments, source analysis and formal mock exercises.

Year 13
Extended written responses in three two hour exams, each of which counts for a third of the final marks.

Further information

To study this course it is essential to have an open mind and an interest in politics in the broadest sense. With major changes at the top of British politics, the EU referendum and a Presidential election in the USA, there has rarely been a more fascinating time to study the subject. Students will be expected to follow developments in British and world politics closely, and be prepared to participate fully in what will undoubtedly be lively discussion sessions in class.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 March 2017
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