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Government and Politics A Level at Bishop Ramsey C of E School

Course description

Government and Politics is the study of how democratic systems both in this country and abroad operate as well as how they have evolved. It also considers how people interact with these institutions. The study of this subject also involves an investigation into the political behaviour of individuals and groups both those who have power and those who merely participate in the system. The study of Government and Politics will also encompass the study of a number of political ideologies and thinkers, a new requirement at A Level and this will act as an introduction to political philosophy for those students wishing to move into this field at higher education level.

Course content

There are 3 modules in the A Level specification. These are:

  •  The Government & Politics of the UK
  •  The Government & Politics of the USA and comparative studies
  •  Political ideas (core and additional ideologies)

Entry requirements

Additional subject entry requirements:

History or Geography or R.E. GCSE Grade 6

English or English Literature GCSE Grade 6

Please note, students will be required to purchase three study guides at a cost of £10 each. These can be purchased at the start of Year 12 through ParentPay. Textbooks are optional and are available online.


Exam Board: AQA

Paper 1 - Government and politics of the UK

2 hour written exam - 33.3%

A mixture of medium length 'explain' and essay style questions.

Paper 2 - Government and politics of the USA and comparative politics

2 hour written exam - 33.3%

A mixture of medium length 'explain' and essay style questions.

Paper 3 - Political Ideas

2 hour written exam - 33.3%

A mixture of medium length 'explain' and essay style questions.

Students are expected to study 5 ideologies and cite 5 theorists within each ideology. 

Future opportunities

An A level in Government & Politics would enable you to continue to study this subject at degree level as well as subjects such as International Relations. Studying A level Government & Politics is desirable for other careers such as in the Civil Service, other government and non-governmental organisations as well as Law.

Further information

Please contact Miss Robinson at the school

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Ramsey C of E School directly.

Last updated date: 22 November 2018
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