This A Level is included within the following A Level pathways as a Recommended Core subject: Humanities; Law and Legal; Social Sciences. It is included in the following pathways as a Recommended Additional Subject: Business and Entrepreneurship; English and Communications. However, you can choose Government and Politics with any A Level/equivalent combination, there is plenty of choice and flexibility.
You will study contemporary politics and ideologies and gain an understanding of the British and American systems of government. This course will develop your discussion and debating skills, encouraging you to analyse and challenge the nature of democracy.
You will explore the key issues that shape this country and the USA, including debates around Human Rights and Brexit. Studying Britain and America now is probably more exciting than it's ever been!
In Year One you will study: UK Politics; UK Government and in Year Two: Political ideologies, Government & Politics of the USA, and Feminism. You will use textbooks, articles and internet resources. You should read quality newspapers, listen to relevant podcasts and watch television news regularly, to enhance your studies and your knowledge of relevant issues.
You will study the course for 4.5 hours a week in the first year and 5 hours a week in the second year. You should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per week on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (in February/March), but do not count towards the final A Level. Exams for the whole A level are held in May or June of the second year.
Five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, including GCSE grade 5/C or above in both English Language and English Literature. An interest in politics is useful and you should be keen to read newspapers and watch political programmes e.g. Newsnight, Have I Got News for You and Mock the Week.
Future career and study opportunities
You will develop a range of employability skills on this course, including logical and analytical thinking and clear writing, which are useful in a wide variety of careers - such as business, finance, law, teaching, journalism and politics.
This course will give you an increased political awareness and the opportunity to progress into a wide range of higher education courses.
Work experience/Careers Extra
This course does not contain a specific work experience component but many of the skills you will learn are essential to employability. If needed, our Employability Team can help you find local work placements that will support the course.
You will be expected to supply your own stationery and you may want to purchase a textbook. You may also need to contribute to any courses and visits you take part in, but costs are kept to a minimum.