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Course description 

Lively, relevant, controversial… there are many ways to describe A-level Politics. There’s no denying that it’s one of the most interesting and engaging qualifications you can choose. A-level Government and Politics enables students to develop their critical thinking skills and enhance their ability to interpret, evaluate and comment on the nature of politics.

Covering news and current affairs from the UK and US, it helps you understand how the UK country is run and develops research, written communication and debate skills. It also helps grow your confidence. This course is particularly suitable for students who have or are considering studying studied Citizenship, History, and English.

In the first year, students will concentrate on people, politics and participation as well as governing modern Britain. In the second year students will learn about the popular options: US politics and US government, comparative politics and ideologies. Other options have also been introduced, including political issues and ideologies in action.

No specialist knowledge is needed but an interest in current affairs and the news is desirable. It may also appeal to students who wish to study Government and Politics or History at a higher level. It is hoped to organise a trip to Washington D.C to visit the White House, and see American Government in action, if there is enough interest.

Core content

  • Government and politics of the UK
  • Government and politics of the USA and comparative politics
  • Political ideas What’s assessed Government and politics of the UK 

What’s assessed

Government and politics of the UK

How it’s assessed 

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 77 marks
  • 33% of A-level Paper 2

What’s assessed

  • The government and politics of the USA
  • Comparative politics

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 77 marks
  • 3% of A-level


A mixture of medium length ‘explain’ and essay style questions.

Paper 3

What’s assessed

Political ideas

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 77 marks
  • 33% of A-level

Topics are clearly and logically structured and include:

  • the three traditional ideologies of Liberalism, Conservatism and Socialism
  • one of either: feminism, nationalism, multiculturalism, ecologism or anarchism. Our specification provides ample opportunity for students to develop their higher-order thinking and independent learning skills, perfect for students wanting to study politics at a higher level and for those with a keen interest in politics.
  • Our AS and A-level UK Government and politics topic will give students a grounding in the key structures, events, individuals, controversies and debates in the government and politics of the UK.
  • A-level students will still get to study US government and politics in depth, as well as comparatively with the UK.
  • In our comparative politics topic, A-level students will have the opportunity to engage in high level analysis and evaluation of significant issues in UK and US politics.
  • All A-level students will now get to study Political ideas as a compulsory course, allowing students to develop expertise in three core ideology and specialise in one other ideology of their choice.

How the new assessment will work

  • For AS, students will answer a mixture of short response questions, extract based questions and evaluative essays.
  • For A-level, students will answer a mixture of medium length ‘explain’ style questions, extract based essays and evaluative essays. 

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.