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Government and Politics AS/A2 Level at Woodlands School

Course description


Government and Politics affects everyone’s life. Politicians have enormous power that encroaches on every aspect of life. Government and Politics is a course that will help you understand why this is so.

It will enable you to learn about how the UK and US governments work and it will give you the opportunity to find out about the different viewpoints held by people involved in politics today. You do not need to have studied Government and Politics at GCSE in order to take this subject at A Level.

It is more important that you should have a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in politics and current affairs, a desire to explore new ideas and an ability to communicate you ideas effectively. The subject is not only about current affairs or what is in the news on any particular day; it will also help you take a balanced view of important issues and show you how to evaluate information and ideas.

Course content


AS Government and Politics consists of 2 units:

1 Unit 1 (GOVP1) – People, Politics and Participation

1 Unit 2 (GOVP2) – Governing Modern Britain

A2 Government and Politics consists of 2 units:

1 Unit 3 (GOV3A) – The Politics of the USA

1 Unit 4 (GOV4A) – The Government of the USA

Entry requirements


Minimum entry requirement is a grade B in English Language at GCSE and/or a GCSE Humanities subject.


Exam at end of each year.

Future opportunities


Government and Politics is particularly useful for careers in the Law, Accountancy, Media, Banking, Public sector administration, Personnel management, Journalism, Public relations, Advertising, Information management, Social research, Marketing, Uniformed services, the Police and Teaching.

Government and Politics is highly regarded by Universities and combines well with History, Business Studies, English, Languages, Geography and Psychology.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years