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Politics A Level at The Billericay School

Course description

Government and politics links well with other humanities subjects and students with an interest in the way in which the British and American political systems function will find this an enlightening course to pursue. This course helps you to make sense of current headlines and topical affairs.

Course content

Unit 1 - UK Politics
1.  Political  Participation,  students  will  study: democracy  and  participation, political  parties, electoral  systems,  voting  behaviour  and  the media.
2.  Core  Political  Ideas,  students  will  study: conservatism,  liberalism,  socialism  (A-level only).

Unit 2 - UK Government
1.  UK  Government,  students  will  study:  the constitution,  parliament,  Prime Minister  and executive, relationships between the branches.
2.  Optional Political Ideas, students will study: one idea from the following anarchism, ecologism, feminism,  multiculturalism,  nationalism  (A-level only).

Unit 3 – Comparative Politics
Students will study US politics: the US Constitution and  federalism,  US  congress,  US  presidency,  US Supreme  Court,  democracy  and  participation,  civil rights (A-level only).

Entry requirements

GCSE grade 5 in English language or literature.


This course is one of the new linear A levels.

All examinations will take place at the end of the course.

The AS qualification is completely separate.
There will be three exams at the end of the course – they are 2 hours long and are each worth a third of the overall A-level. At AS level, a student will take two exams of 1 hour 30 minutes (again these are equally weighted).

Future opportunities

Government and politics is widely accepted as one of the most reputable of all the academic disciplines. The subject provides an excellent basis for any career where clarity of thought, sound judgment and reasoning are required. The civil service, journalism, television, museums and even politics are just a few careers where politics would be an advantage.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Billericay School directly.

Last updated date: 30 January 2017
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    • The size of our Sixth Form gives us greater resources than smaller institutions and this means we are more able to offer a wider range of subject and course combinations at A level & BTEC level 3.

      • A highly qualified and experienced staff that have a proven track record of working successfully at A level.
      • Excellent study facilities and subject resources (including state of the art media and music facilities).
      • Personalised care and support through a personal tutor and the Sixth Form pastoral team, supporting and monitoring your progress and acting as a contact point with home.
      • An exceptional curriculum enrichment programme.
      • Access to the school’s sport and gym facilities.
      • Outstanding guidance and support for university, employment or training.