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Government and Politics AS/A Level ( Edexcel ) at Allerton High School

Course description

Sooner than you think, you will be paying taxes, doing jury service, obeying an ever-increasing range of regulations, having your rights challenged and of course, having the vote. Studying politics is the best way of understanding all of these things. You will learn why voting is important, what the various parties stand for and what pressure groups are. You will look into the world of Parliament and of Members of Parliament and see the inside of government. We also examine human rights and how well they are defended by the courts and what the system is like in the USA. Politics is a well-respected qualification accepted by all universities and well suited to a very wide range of career choices. During the course students also get the opportunity to talk to politicians and visit Westminster.

Course content

Component 1: Government and Politics of the UK

We look at democracy and political participation, why they are important and why they need to be strong.  The ideas and policies of the main parties, what do they believe and should we believe them!  Why we have elections and are they fair and effective.  How do pressure groups, like Greenpeace, influence politics and how far should they? What impact has membership of the EU had on the UK and what impact will it have when we leave?

We also look at how our constitution works, how Parliament and devolution operates, and how the government acts, how well these things work and whether they should be different.  We also study topics such as rights and responsibilities and examine how the court system defends them against over-powerful Governments.

Component 2: Government and Politics of the USA

Here the comparable areas studied in Component 1 are studied in an American context, along with the special and interesting issue of race and ethnic politics.

We study the Constitution, the Congress, the Presidency, and the Supreme Court.  All are examined to see how they work and how well they do.  A grasp of how the world’s only superpower operates is essential to an understanding of the world’s current problems. A comparison will have to be made of the UK and US system as part of the exam paper.

Component 3: Political ideas

We study the 3 core ideologies of liberalism, conservatism and socialism, which allows students to debate their views on human nature, authority and the economy. We will also look at feminism, their ideas and their impact on society

Entry requirements

You should have achieved a minimum of 5 9-4 Grades or equivalent at GCSE including English and Maths with a 5 in English Language.  


There is no coursework for Government and Politics. If you wish to just take an AS level in the subject you will only study Component 1: Government and Politics in the UK, which looks at the institutions that make up the British political systems and the key issues that dominate it. Those wishing to study the full A level will look at Component 1 as well as the institutions and key debates in the USA, comparing them with the UK, in Component 2, and the political ideas of conservatism, socialism, liberalism and feminism in Component 3. These are all assessed at the end of the 2 years by an exam in each.

Future opportunities

If you decide to go to university or college and you have other qualifications, you could take a Degree or a BTEC Higher National in subjects such as History, Politics, Law, and Journalism

Further information

For further information please contact Ms Sweeney at Allerton High School on 0113 2034770.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 26 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Number of planned places: 25

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mr B Harding
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 0113 2034770