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Government and Politics AS/A2 at Lawrence Sheriff School

Course description

Course overview

The AS course focuses on British Politics: our different

elections and electoral systems, referendums; political

parties and pressure groups; British Government:

our constitution and judiciary; the role of parliament;

how our prime ministerial and cabinet system

operate; and finally, local and devolved government

and the main institutions of the European Union.


The A2 course focuses on American Politics:

presidential and congressional elections and the

role of referendums; political parties and pressure

groups. While a second module covers American

Government: the American constitution and role of

the Supreme Court; Congress; and the Presidency.

Full course content can be found on the AQA website.

Course content


You can expect to:
• Participate in a lot of debate and discussion.
• Bring in news stories each week that interest you.
• Question how democratic Britain and America really

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE English.


100% examination.

Future opportunities

Where does it lead?
Politics fits very well with subjects like Economics,
History, Law and Sociology. Many students go on to read
Politics at university and it is excellent preparation for a
career in the civil service and public sector, business and
management, the media, and the voluntary and
community sector.

Further information

Other useful information
Each year there’s a trip to Westminster for Year 12s; most
years there’s a trip to Brussels for Year 13s; and there are
occasional trips to New York and Washington (2014, 2015
and 2016 has now been launched).


Students’ views …
“Absolutely brilliant. Has introduced politics to me and
really gotten me interested in the subject, how the
country is run and how it should be run.”
“A fascinating subject, very informative and necessary in
educating today’s politically ignorant youth.”
“Great fun, really engaging and gives you an opportunity
to find yourself and what you think.”
“Gives you a brilliant chance to build up debating and
discussion skills.”

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 November 2015
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