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Government and Politics at Felixstowe Academy

Course description

This Course will involve the student in how the UK government operates at local and national levels, as well as, undertaking a comparative study of UK/US politics at A2 level. The nature and features of this course are particularly campatible with other AS/A2 subjects, namely history, philosophy and religion. Pupils interested in choosing government and politics should have a keen interest in key political issues currently being discussed and debated in the UK. An interest in American political goings on as well as political figures will also provide a base from which to commence studies in this subject. Students will also take part in debate, watch TV and DVD extracts as well as visits to and from individuals and institutions that are relevant to study.

Course content

AS Level

  • Unit 1: People, politics and participation
  • Unit 2: Governing modern Britain

A2 Level

  • Unit 3: The politics of the USA
  • Unit 4: Political issues: Ideologies in action and power

Entry requirements

Minimum grade C in English GCSE - An ability to express ideas is extremely important.


AS Level

Two exams lasting 1 hour 30 minutes. Each exam carries 50% of the AS mark and 25% of the A2 exam. Both exams comprisetwo structured, source based questions from a choice of four.

A2 Level

2 exams lasting 1 hour 30 minutes each. Each paper comprises 25% of the A level.

Future opportunities

Degrees in politics can focus on the following areas: british politics, european government and politics, globalisations as well as war and security studies. Joint degrees in politics can be studied alongside history, philosophy and religion. Employment opportunities range from journalism and television to law, from the UN or EU to international charities, as well established large companies and of course some graduates enter the house of commons.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Felixstowe Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September