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Government & Politics at Hillview School for Girls

Course description

Lively, relevant, controversial… there are many ways to describe A Level Government
and Politics.  Covering news and current affairs from the UK and US, it will help you understand how the UK is run whilst developing research, written and debating skills.

Course content

The A Level consists of three units, each with a 2 hour exam and each worth 33.3% of the total grade.


Paper 1: Government and Politics of the UK. This unit explores the interrelationships of different key aspects of British politics in order to understand and appreciate the
complexities of the system in the UK.


Paper 2: Government and Politics of the USA. This unit explores the nature and sources of the US political system as a comparative study to the UK exploring issues such as civil rights, pressure groups and electoral systems.


Paper 3: Political ideas This final unit is made up of the study of the core ideologies of Liberalism, Conservatism and Socialism and then one other of either Nationalism or Feminism.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements to study Level 3 qualifications at Hillview Sixth Form are Grade 4 or above in both English (Language or Literature) and Maths and in 3 other GCSE subject plus an average GCSE point score of 4.25 or above.

Subject Specific Criteria:

Grade 6 in English and / or a humanities subject.  An APS of 4.75 or above is required.

Future opportunities

It’s ideal if you’re considering studying Politics, Sociology, Ethics, Advertising or Journalism at university and is highly regarded by employers in industries including politics, international organisations, the media, government and the civil service.

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: 17 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 year
  • Course code: Go

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