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Government & Politics AS & A Level at NewVIc

Course description

The French philosopher, Michele Foucault, wrote that ‘everything is political’. In many ways he was right, politics is really about the existence of power relations, which occur in every aspect of life. The questions we need to ask ourselves in politics are: who has power? Who gave them that power? Are they right in exercising that power? Perhaps most importantly, how can we remove people from power?

Course content

The AS-level course will focus on two units in British politics:

  • The meaning of democracy, the ideological roots of political parties and the politics of protest
  • the British constitution, the effectiveness of parliament and the powers of the Prime Minister

At A2 you will focus on:

  • political ideology – you will study the great ‘isms’: socialism, liberalism, conservatism and anarchism,
  • politics and identity: feminism, nationalism, ecology, multiculturalism

On the course you will:

  • develop critical thinking skills
  • formulate argument both written and oral
  • develop reading and essay writing skills
  • become knowledgeable in current affairs and political news

Entry requirements

Five or more A*-C grades at GCSE, including English Language (grade 9-5).


You will be assessed through two examinations each year. In addition, you are expected to write essays throughout the year.

Future opportunities

Government and Politics is a challenging, but rewarding, subject that many universities have put on their lists as a preferred subject. There are a range of degree courses that come under Political Science, including Politics, International Relations, International Development and Political Theory. Studying this course can lead to a vast range of career paths, including government, pressure groups and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), journalism and the media, education, international diplomacy and law, to name but a few.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 October 2016
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    • Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc) is London's largest sixth form college, offering full-time courses for 16 to 19-year-olds. NewVIc offers over 50 A Level subjects, 31 level 2 and 3 vocational programmes, as well as foundation, entry level and ESOL programmes.

      It is a diverse and friendly learning community, with an outstanding record of achievement. In 2013, 767 students progressed to university (91% of all applicants); 130 students gained places at the most selective universities, including 60 at Russell Group universities.

      The NewVIc Honours Programme is unique and provides academically gifted students with specialist pathways, a tailored curriculum and support for progression to the most selective universities.

      NewVIc has excellent sports facilities and is one of four London colleges accredited with Sports Leadership status. The college's extra-curricular enrichment programme is aimed at developing employability and leadership skills through various activities including mentoring, the Student Union and volunteering in the community.