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Government and Politics A Level at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace

Course description

There are two units in Year 12, both relating to British Government and Politics. The first unit explores People, Politics and Participation. Topics include Electoral Systems, Voting Behaviour, Pressure Groups and Political Parties. The second unit focuses on Governing Modern Britain and topics include Parliament, Core Executive and the British Constitution. 

Year 13 has a focus on American Government and Politics and there are also 2 units. Unit 3A looks at the Government of the USA, again examining Electoral Systems, Voting Behaviour, Pressure Groups and Political Parties. Unit 4A follows the Politics of the USA looking at the role and powers of the President, Congress, the Supreme Court and the US Constitution.

Entry requirements

Students require a grade B or above in English Language GCSE and Politics GCSE, if taken, or another Humanities subject at GCSE. Please see the Generic Entry Requirement Document for more details.

Successful completion of AS Government and Politics with a grade D or above is necessary to carry on to Year 13 Government and Politics.


All four units will be assessed through written 4 examinations, which all take place at the end of Year 13.

Future opportunities

A Level Government and Politics is recognised as a highly academic subject. The skills you will develop prepare you for further education and employment. You will have learned how to evaluate and analyze information how to weigh up evidence and communicate complex ideas effectively. Furthermore, you will have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of political ideas, theories, concepts and practices.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harris City Academy Crystal Palace directly.

Last updated date: 07 April 2017

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