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Government & Political Studies AS/A2 Level at Northampton School for Boys

Course description

The decisions of politicians and the Government have a profound effect on all our lives.  These decisions may be about Education or the National Health Service, Law and Order or whether Britain should stay within the EU. Government and Politics is the study of these and other issues and the institutions that deal with them.

The course is divided into four modules.  The AS deals with two modules.  The first, 'People and Politics', looks at political parties, pressure groups and rights & responsibilities.  The second, 'Governing the UK', looks at the role of Parliament, the Cabinet, the Prime Minister, the Civil Service and the Judiciary.  The issue of political and constitutional reform is dealt with throughout the two units.

The A2 deals with the other two modules.  The third module deals with traditional political ideology such as conservation and socialism.  The fourth module deals with newer ideologies such as feminism, nationalism and anarchism.  The issue of developing ideology within the UK is dealt with throughout the two A2 units.

Entry requirements

Along with the School’s minimum requirements, you will need a minimum grade C in GCSE English or in a GCSE Humanities due to the nature of political concepts and the significant amount of specialist reading and essay writing that you will need to do. It is not a pre-requisite that you should have studied GCSE Government and Politics.



There are termly assessments and internal examinations throughout the course. All students sit the AS modules at the end of Year 12.  The first module is an hour and 20 minutes in length and consists of two structured questions from a choice of four.  Module two is also an hour and 20 minutes long and consists of one stimulus question from a choice of two and one extended question from a choice of two.

Modules three and four will be sat in the summer of Year 13.  Units three and four are 1 hour and 30 minutes long and each module consists of three short questions from a choice of five and one question from a choice of three essays. 



Future opportunities

Many students studying Social Science subjects go on to University and this has been enhanced with the introduction of Government and Politics.

Government and Politics is a challenging A. Level, best suited to students with an interest in the area and a disciplined and organised attitude to study.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years