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Politics A Level 3 at Woodkirk Academy

Course description





Why study politics? Simply because it affects everything you do! The age you can marry, drink alcohol, join the armed forces, vote and drive, are determined by politicians. How loud you can play music, what drugs are classified as legal or illegal, how animals are transported and killed, the number of police officers patrolling town centres, how much you can legally drink and drive, whether or not you stand up or sit down at football matches in stadiums, stopping football hooligans from travelling abroad, which sports you can watch for free on tv, how much money is spent on road repairs, the setting of speed limits, how much tax you pay, what times pubs stay open until, the setting of safety standards for your boiler, the creation of bike lanes, what students study in school, keeping streets clean, setting hygiene standards for restaurants and takeaways, controlling the licensing of doormen and bouncers, should the monarchy be preserved etc, are all things politicians decide when they make laws.


Course content

During the AS Level course in Government and Politics you will be able to use your debating skills and interest in current affairs as we discuss and study participation in politics. This will mean looking into the importance of voting behaviour, pressure groups, political opinion and political parties. In addition you will look at workings of parliament and government to gain an understanding of what happenes within the confines of Westminster and within the roles of the Prime Minister and cabinet.


At A2 you will delve into the many and varied ideologies that have dominated political thought. Building on the political foundations established at AS, you will have the opportunity to explore your own beliefs and ideas to understand what politics mean to you. In addition, we will look at politics in global terms. This will entail learning about Human Rights, Developing Countries, War and Terrorism.


Entry requirements



Grade C or above in English and/or History.

Interest in current affairs

For entrance into Year 13 a minimum of a grade E must be achieved in the examination components of the course. Additionally, students must be prepared to take resits in the January of Year 13.


Future opportunities

Politics is alive!!


It means keeping up to date with current affairs, watching the news, documentaries, reading newspapers and having an interest in the world around you. Politics inevitably involves differences of opinion and trying to seek agreement in order to resolve those differences. Politics will get you thinking.


An A level in Politics prepares students for many forms of employment as well as further study. You will gain many analytical and practical skills including the ability to conduct research, oral and written communication and IT, all of which are invaluable in today's employment market. Politics is a general AS and A level and can lead to all kinds of possible careers including law, the media, banking, advertising, journalism, social work, teaching and many other professions.

Further information

You will find the Government and Politics course varied and interesting. We make sure that we visit the Houses of Parliament and also universities where we get involved with their Politics Departments. In addition we have regular visitors to come and speak with you from Lords to Councillors, MPs to Judges. The course is taught using a variety of activities from pod casts to discussions ensuring it is always relevant and interesting.


'I have really enjoyed studying Government and Politics at AS and A2. It's a great subject for exploring your own ideas and

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: 01 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Unknown
  • Duration: 2 Years