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Government and Politics A level at Wilmslow High School

Course description

Politics will be a new subject to the majority of you and, therefore, you may see it as an opportunity to do something fresh and new.

The study of politics is intended to help develop your understanding of how modern societies function. It will help you understand who holds power and how they can use it. It is particularly important that you have an inquiring mind, a desire to learn about how the political system works and its impact on you, the citizen.

The course will provide opportunities for developing key skills and encourage critical and analytical thinking.

Course content

At AS level students will focus on British politics. They will learn the policies and ideologies of the main British political parties and will explore contemporary political issues such as how effective coalition government is. The topics covered include pressure groups, the power of the Prime Minister and issues surrounding democracy and participation in the UK.

At A2, students will focus on American politics, examining how the US President is elected and what are the fundamental differences between Republicans and Democrats. Students will also examine the importance of the US constitution in contemporary US political life.

Entry requirements

Students are required to have achieved a grade C or above in English and mathematics. However, given the high literacy demands of this subject, a grade B in GCSE English language is highly recommended.


Assessment will be based on a mixture of short answer and stimulus-based questions and essays. There is no coursework component involved.

You will be taking two modules at the end of Year 12 (AS) which will cover British politics.

  • People and Politics
  • Governing the UK

The two modules in Year 13 (A2) will involve the study of American politics.

  • Politics in the USA
  • Governing the USA

Further information

Government and Politics A level

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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