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Government & Politics AS Level at Archbishop Blanch C of E High School

Course description

  • Unit 1 (6GP01) People and Politics
  • Unit 2 (6GP02) Governing the UK

Candidates will develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the political system of the UK. We study how elections and Parliament work, the role of the media and pressure groups in politics, the role and history of political parties, as well as theories of power and representation, rights and responsibilities. The course is about contemporary politics, and looking at the world around us, so if a major Political event occurs during the year we will be studying it.

Course content

Government & Politics is a highly regarded academic subject leading to a wide variety of opportunities for further study. It is contemporary, vibrant and dynamic and helps students understand and make sense of the world around them. Government & Politics will also develop students’ skills in critical thinking, making arguments, extended writing, and analysing complex factors.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade C or above including English


We use a variety of teaching and learning methods, with an emphasis on discussionbased lessons where pupils can express their own views. There is a contemporary focus on news and current affairs. Pupils will be expected to be fully prepared for each lesson, having done the appropriate reading and note-making.

Unit 1 People and Politics: 1 hour 20 minute exam; students will be required to answer two structured questions from a choice of four. Each question will have a mark tariff of 5, 10 and 25 marks

Unit 2 Governing the UK: 1 hour 20 minute exam; students will be required to answer one stimulus-based question from a choice of two. These questions will be structured with a mark tariff of 5, 10 and 25 marks. Students will then be required to answer one extended question from a choice of two (40 marks).

Future opportunities

You can progress to higher education courses such as honours degrees in politics, international politics/relations and political science as well as to degrees in related subjects such as history, geography, economics and social policy. Graduates in these subjects have gone into professions that require critical thinking, information analysis and the ability to make an argument, for example law, journalism, and the civil service.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Blanch C of E High School directly.

Last updated date: 01 September 2016

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