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Government and Politics A Level at Thomas Mills High School

Course description

Government and Politics AS and A level enables students to develop a critical awareness of the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes. Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of the structures of authority and power within the political system of the United Kingdom, and how these may differ from those of other political systems and will develop an informed understanding of the rights and responsibilities of the individual. It will be of interest to any student who wishes to broaden the range of their A level choices and who has a general interest in current domestic and international affairs. The subject combines well with other social science and arts subjects.

Course content

AS course consists of Unit 1 and 2. A2 course consists of all units.
Unit 1: People and Politics
· Democracy and Political Participation
· Party Policies and Ideas
· Election systems and voting behaviour
· Role of the Media

Unit 2: UK Government
· Constitution
· Parliament
· PM and executive
· Relationship between the branches

Unit 3: US Politics
· Constitution and federalism
· US Congress
· US Presidency
· US Supreme Court and Civil rights
· Democracy and Participation

Unit 4: Core Political Ideas
· Conservatism
· Liberalism
· Socialism

And a Non-core political idea either:
Anarchism, Ecologism, Feminism, multiculturalism,

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements beyond having achieved a general level of success at GCSE. As an indicator it is useful to look at how pupils have performed in other humanities subjects.


A variety of modes of assessment will be used, including short-answer questions, stimulus response, extended writing and essays.

Future opportunities

The subject combines well with other social science and arts subjects. It is valued by universities for the detailed knowledge and breadth of understanding that it develops. The subject may be studied at university in its’ own right or combined with many other subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thomas Mills High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 November 2017
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