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Government & Politics

Students will study in depth government and politics in both the UK and the US. Students will directly compare the two political systems and identify parallels, connections, similarities and differences between aspects of politics.

Subject Type: A Level
Details of Exam Board: AQA
Entry Requirements:

Ideally an Ebacc student with a minimum of a Grade 6 in English Language.

Last three years destinations:
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy and Politics at Liverpool University
  • BA (Hons) History and Politics at York University

Students will therefore develop a critical awareness of the changing nature of politics and the relationships between political ideas, political institutions and political processes.

Course Aims

Government & Politics students will be required to develop skills in comprehension and interpretation of political information. They will be able to critically analyse and evaluate the areas of politics studied and construct well substantiated arguments leading to informed conclusions. Students will further develop their political vocabulary and make connections between the two main areas of study.

Studying A -Level Politics is a great way to understand how the political system works and how decision making operates in both this country and the USA. Understanding why things are the way they are and developing skills in debate and opinion making are at the core of this subject. The course offers students the opportunity to learn how government works, the role of Parliament, the electoral process, and political ideologies. Students often use this subject as a spring board to study the subject at university having developed a deep interest and passion for politics


Government and politics enables students to explore careers such as becoming a Member of Parliament, roles within the civil service, political journalism, PR or government and social researcher.

However the skills developed also make this course applicable to many other careers without a direct connection to politics.


Assessment is entirely by examination and consists of three written papers at the end of Year 13, which each count towards a third of the overall qualification.

  • Paper 1 – UK Politics
  • Paper 2 – US Politics
  • Paper 3 – Political ideas


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