Course: Government and Politics A-Level

Study Level

Level 3

Course Code

Government and Politics A-Level


Sixth Form College


2 Years



Politics affects us all. This is a dynamic and highly topical course where you will gain an understanding of how political decisions are made. Whether you have a job, whether you are rich or poor, whether a new road or college is built or even how much you have to pay for your education can be affected by the political process of this country.

You will acquire an understanding of how the political system works, examining how decisions are made and who has the power and authority to make those decisions.

There are three units to the two year course:

Unit One – UK Politics: You will investigate how democratic the UK is by examining how fairly elections work, the nature of political parties and the role of the media in politics. You will also examine the core ideologies that shape political debate in the UK such as liberalism, socialism and conservatism.

Unit Two – UK Government: You will study the key parts of the UK political system, examining the roles of government and parliament and the powers of the Prime Minister.

Unit Three – Comparative Politics: You will consider politics in the wider world covering topics such as human rights, environmental issues, globalisation and international organisations such as the EU.

What We Add

  • Outstanding teaching resources including use of the latest technology to aid you in your studies.
  • A virtual learning environment which will allow you to access website
  • During your course there will be opportunities for trips and visits to places such as the Houses of Parliament to see how the House of Commons works in practice.
  • There will also be the chance to hear from guest speakers who are experts in politics.


You will need to meet the standard college entry criteria for A Level courses.


This subject is a pathway to a career in broadcasting, journalism, the legal profession, the police force and to becoming civil servants or clerks in the House of Commons. The subject combines well with a variety of other subjects including history, law, sociology and psychology.

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