A Level Programme

Government & Politics A Level

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About this course

Do you have an enquiring mind, an interest in current affairs and want to study a challenging and contemporary subject? Yes? Then A Level Government & Politics is for you! Whether you are a budding Prime Minister or just interested in finding out who makes the decisions which affect our lives on a daily basis, studying A Level Government & Politics will equip you with the necessary knowledge and understanding to make sense of the world of politics.

What will I learn?

During the course you will study:

  • People and Politics - This introduces the key ideas of democracy and representation. We look at referendums, political parties, pressure groups and how elections work
  • Governing the UK - This focuses on where decisions are made and who makes them. We study Parliament, Europe, the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the role of judges and the protection of rights and freedoms
  • Representative Processes in the USA - This topic looks at the representative processes of the US
  • Political system - considers their adequacy in terms of popular participation and full democracy. We look at elections/voting, political parties, pressure groups and racial/ethnic politics
  • Governing the USA - This unit introduces the key features of American government and considers the interrelationships between Congress, the Supreme Court and the Executive

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed by written exams. All units are examined with a combination of short and essay style questions.

What do I need?

General Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C including English and Maths at grade 4 (grade C)

In certain circumstances we will accept variations to this entry guide and create a personalised programme.

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - an exciting range of higher level courses, including Teaching
  • University - a degree in a related subject
  • Careers - numerous careers such as journalism, law, media, teaching, the armed services and many more

Additional Information

You will have the opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament and, if you are fortunate enough, you may even get to sit in on Prime Minister's Question Time. You may also be able to visit Washington DC. Government & Politics combines well with other subjects like History, Sociology, Economics, Law and Philosophy. It also offers breadth for those studying a science-based programme.