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Government & Politics 'AS' + 'A2' at Temple Moor High School

Course description

If anyone says they are interested in politics they are lying! Politics is the most social of all the A Levels. It promotes dealing with issues of conflict and diversity, but ultimately, lead to conflict resolution.


Course content

Politics affects every aspect of everyone’s lives, from the price you pay for petrol to the wars your friends end up fighting. Government and Politics course takes students from no knowledge of the political systems of the world to becoming experts whose knowledge of the details of systems and ideology is invaluable. You will learn the reason for people voting in different ways, the voting systems itself, political systems of the UK and the structures of parliament, as well as looking closely at the three main and minor political parties and the pressure groups that lobby and check their work. You will also learn about the American system with its ‘log-jams’, ???? and Trump!

You will look at ideologies in detail and the application of these ideologies in political systems past and present.


Entry requirements

Five GCSE grades at A*-C, including a grade 5 in English Literature/Language, are required.

The courses are all examination-only courses, with no coursework. A degree of confidence with examinations is therefore important, as is the ability to revise effectively. However, Government and Politics fits in with both essay based and more scientific subjects, although again, the ability to write an essay is an advantage. This skill, will, however, be taught. Confidence in literacy is very important.

Students should be prepared to read newspapers and articles, watch news and current affairs programmes….. and debate! Willingness for participation as well as a literate and enquiring mind are a must.



AS Level – Units GOVP1 and GOVP2
A Level – Units GOVP3 and GOV P4

Government and Politics
Unit 1 – Government and politics of the UK

Unit 2 – Government and politics of the USA
Unit 3 – Political Ideas

All examination-only courses.


Future opportunities

Where to start! David Cameron, Ed Miliband, David Dimbleby, Evan Davis, Will Self,, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton ….all these politicians have degrees either in politics or with a strong political component. But many comedians, actors and lawyers have degrees in politics too; as do teachers and accountants….it’s a subject that leads to everything and rules out nothing.


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: 16 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
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Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Miss Foden
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01133900770
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