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Government and Politics AS Level at Derby College

Course description

This well established course looks at issues in the news and applies these to the basic ideas of democracy in the UK and the way the UK is governed.  It also examines some of the political ideologies and political ideological ideas behind our contemporary political system, drawing upon historical events.

Course content

Unit 1 Democracy in the UK

  • Democracy
  • Pressure Groups
  • Political and Ideological Ideas
  • Elections

Unit 2 Governing the UK

  • Parliament
  • The Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • The Constitution
  • The Judiciary

Unit 3b Political Ideologies

  • Conservatism
  • Liberalism
  • Socialism
  • Anarchism

Unit 4b Political Ideological Ideas

  • Feminism
  • Multiculturalism
  • Nationalism
  • Ecologism

We also have visits and talks by prominent politicians.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements include five A*-C grade GCSEs in English Language(grade B required) and Mathematics.  You should have at least a grade B in English Language and demonstrate a B grade profile in at least two other written subjects.


Assessment is 100% by written essay-based examination.

You will have two examinations for AS Level and a further two for A2 Level.

Financial information

It is advisable to buy AS Politics by Andrew Heywood.

It is compulsory to purchase Political Ideologies by Andrew Heywood for A2.

Future opportunities


  • Law - barrister or solicitor
  • Surveying - chartered surveying, land economy, general practice
  • Military/naval roles
  • Party political work
  • Lobbying
  • Banking and financial analysis
  • Pressure group work
  • Marketing/PR
  • Teaching
  • Lecturing
  • Civil Service

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Derby College directly.

Last updated date: 27 January 2016

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