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Government and Politics A Level at Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys

Course description

Students will learn to:

  • comprehend, synthesise and interpret political information in a variety of forms, for example, written, oral, visual and numerical sources
  • analyse and evaluate: political institutions, processes and behaviour; political arguments and explanations; the relationship between institutions, processes, behaviour and values, ideologies, concepts;
  • identify parallels, connections, similarities and differences between aspects of the political systems studies;
  • select and organise relevant material to construct arguments and explanations leading to reasoned conclusions;
  • communicate arguments and explanations with relevance, clarity and coherence, using vocabulary appropriate to the study of government and Politics.

Course content

Unit 1: People, Participation and Politics

  • Explore how people's different patterns of participation can be explained in a democracy.
  • The importance of voting behaviour, the influence of electoral systems ,political parties and pressure groups and how they can shape people's political ideas .

Unit 2: Governing Modern Britain

  • Focus on the process of governing the UK, with power dispersed from local to European levels.
  • The extent to which Britain's unique constitution regulates the process of government and maintains the balance between individual rights and the power of the state.
  • Explore the role of Westminster in providing a democratic element in government.


A2 Level

Unit 3b: Ideologies

  • Analyse how political ideologies have evolved recognising the core beliefs and values associated with the four ‘isms’ which are to be covered: -
  • Liberalism
  • Socialism
  • Conservatism
  • Fascism Unit

4b: Ideologies in Action

  • Focus on the way in which certain beliefs and values affect human behaviour, government policies and programmes in four broad areas:
  • Ethnicity and gender
  • The environment
  • Education
  • The economy


Entry requirements

B English/C in Maths and any humanities qualification would be an advantage.


  • AS Level: 100% Examination (50% A-Level)
  • A2 Level: 100% Examination (50% A-Level)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 09 June 2016
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