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Government and Politics A Level at Birkenhead Sixth Form College

Course description

Politicians have a huge power over us but how much power do we have over politicians? 

How democratic is the UK?

Are there more differences within the Labour & Conservative Parties than between them?

Have British Prime Ministers become presidential?

What is Liberalism?

Is Government and Politics for you?
  • You must take an active interest in politics, political issues and processes.
  • You enjoy debate and discussion.
  • You want to start to understand how political processes work and then begin to make your own informed decisions on political issues.
  • You want to study a subject that is dynamic and contemporary.
  • You want to develop your writing skills, ability to develop a reasoned argument and consider different viewpoints.

Course content

AS Year

People and Politics

You will learn about the different political parties, party systems and pressure groups in the United Kingdom as well as electoral systems, parliamentary elections and voting behaviour. You will also explore concepts such as democracy, participation and representation and develop your awareness of current political developments.

Governing the UK

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the composition, role and power of the legislative and executive branches of government in the UK as well as of the judiciary, the constitution, rights of the individual and the European Union.


A2 Year

Introducing Political Ideologies

You will examine the ideologies that lie behind political beliefs and values. You will learn about how these ideologies, which include liberalism, conservatism and socilaism, can be compared with each other and their relevance to modern politics. 

Other Ideological Traditions

You will study other ideologies, from nationalism to multiculturalism, to investigate the impact and relevance of these ideological traditions.


Entry requirements

You must have achieved at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including at least a grade C in English Language.


All assessment for this course is through written examination.

Future opportunities

Studying Politics will develop critical analytical skills and writing abilities and as such is very well respected by Universities as a rigorous subject. It is useful if you wish to study History or any Social Science, such as Economics or Business at University. It is particularly useful for those interested in careers in Law, Journalism and, of course, Politics.

Some students may wish to go on to study Politics in Higher Education. This will allow you to seek employment in a range of politically-related environments including the civil service, local government, the European Commission, working with an MP or MEP, in the headquarters of one the leading political parties, pressure groups and think tanks. Even if you choose another subject, Politics allows you to acquire a range of key skills and attributes that will be highly prized by employers in management, marketing, public relations, retail, accountancy and banking.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Birkenhead Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 25 October 2016
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