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Government and Politics A Level at The Archbishop's School

Course description

The A Level is designed to give you a wide knowledge of the British Political System and also introduce students to the interesting subject of political ideology.  This will allow students to have a good understanding of the world around them and how political landscape in Britain affects them.  We will focus on Political Parties, Voting Systems, the role of the British Constitution, the job role of the Prime Minister and their Cabinet.  The course will allow students to try and make sense of the world around them – especially with the recent developments of the election of Donald Trump as US President and the implications of Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.  We will examine a range of political views and ideologies to test whether they still have a role of play in world politics today.  Students will finish the course with a deep understanding of the world they live in and the impact that political decisions and events have on their lives

Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSE, including English and Mathematics.  A grade C in either History, Religious Studies of Geography is useful but not vital.


Lessons will use a variety of sources, from Newspaper articles to text book information and will be urged to follow the news and current affairs.  We will have the opportunity to take part in at least one national politics conference where students will see and meet key national political figures.  We have strong links with Canterbury Christ Church University and are invited to take part in lectures and focus days.  We expect students to be “active” learners and take part in ongoing research and debate.

Future opportunities

It is intended to ensure that the analytical and persuasive skills learnt in the subject will give students a good understanding of the Political World around them.  We have had students who have gone to study Politics at University however, the subject is also very useful for those students who wish to go on and study other subjects such as History, Law and Philosophy.  The subject will also support those who are looking towards a career in journalism, law, police work, social work, the media and business.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 30 January 2017
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