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Government & Politics at Framwellgate School

Course description

Why Study Government & Politics?

Politics is about who gets what and how they get it. In that sense it is about everyday life - conflict, argument and compromise. Aristotle described politics as the “master science” as it is the essence of everything.

The course itself aims to widen students’ understanding of the key issues in modern society. It investigates where power now lies, how people are represented and the opportunities for change. This includes for example, debates over whether we should go to war, civil liberties, the influence of Europe, the obstacles facing minorities plus the role of political parties. Politics is an intellectually challenging and rewarding subject. It opens our eyes to what is really going on in the world in which we live.

AS/A2 Politics is particularly useful if you are considering employment in law, journalism or the civil service.

The awareness and the skills that you develop through a study of politics, however, are relevant to almost every aspect of life.

Features of the Course:

At AS the focus is on British politics. This will help develop an understanding of the key political institutions as well as examining broader issues such as the extent of political participation and representation.

At A2 our understanding of British politics is contrasted with an in depth study of the American political system.


Modules covered in Year 12:

GOVP1 : People, Politics, and Representation

GOVP2 : Governing Modern Britain


Assessment in Year 12:

Examinations: Two exams x 1hr 30mins

Coursework: N/A


Modules covered in Year 13:

GOV3A: The Politics of the USA

GOV4A : The Government of the USA

Assessment in Year 13:

Examinations: Two exams x 1hr 30 mins

Coursework: N/A


Entry requirements

In order to enrol on sixth form courses, applicants will need to have achieved:

  • 5 A* to C Grades in separate subjects and in addition
  • Grade B or above in English

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September