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Government and Politics: A level linear, NO AS qualification at St Richard Reynolds Catholic College

Course description

What is it about?

Politics is the study of power - the what, who, where, why and how. It covers incredibly diverse topics including international relations theory, environmental protection and legislative processes.  It prepares you for adult life, helps you to clarify your beliefs, is a living/breathing subject - exciting times in British and American politics at the moment. Politics is far more than the study of boring men in boring suits.

Who does it suit?

Government and Politics is a fantastic course for anyone who has their own opinions about how best to run their local area, the country and the world.  If you are bristling about Brexit, trumpeting about Trump or want to know what makes an anarchist tick, then this is a great course for you.  We will be reading, digesting and discussing political events and issues as they unfold - we will be giving Preston and Marr a run for their money?

Course content

What will I study?

Year 12:

Government & Politics of the UK:
Constitution, Parliament, Prime Minister and Cabinet, judiciary, devolution, democracy and participation, elections and referendums, political parties, pressure groups, the EU.

Government & Politics of the USA and comparative policies:

Constitution, Congress, President, judiciary, electoral process and direct democracy, political parties, pressure groups, civil rights

Year 13:

Political ideas:
Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism, Nationalism, Feminism, multi-culturalism, anarchism,ecologism

In addition to timetabled lessons, this subject requires 5 hours of private study per week.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSE grade 4 - 9 including English Language and Mathematics

Subject specific:
GCSE History or English Language/English Literature Grade 6


Paper 1: Government and Politics of the UK

2 hours

% of A level?
33.3% of A level

Paper 2: Government and Politics of the USA and comparative politics

2 hours

% of A level?

Paper 3: Political Ideas

2 hours

% of A level?
33.3% of A level

1.5 hours

Future opportunities

Journalism, working for a political party, working for a campaign/lobbying organisation, researcher, standing as an MP or local councillor, civil service, PR executive, diplomatic service, market research, charity officer.

Further information

Visits to Richmond Youth Parliament, visits from and to local MPs, visits to the Houses of Parliament,

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: 19 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mrs Anna Lord
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 02083254630
    • Email address: