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Government and Politics

Course Overview
Course type

A-level

Course length

A-level: two years

Required qualifications

Five or more A*-C grades at GCSE, including English  Language (grade 9-5).

The French philosopher, Michele Foucault, wrote that everything is political. In many ways he was right, politics is really about the existence of power relations, which occur in every aspect of life. The questions we need to ask ourselves in politics are: who has power? Who gave them that power? Are they right in exercising that power? Perhaps most importantly, how can we remove people from power?


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The course will focus on

Year 1 A-level course will focus on British Politics & Political Ideologies

  • Political participation: democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media.
  • UK Government:  the constitution, parliament, Prime Minister and executive, relationships between the branches.
  • Political ideas: liberalism and socialism
  • Year 2 A-level course will focus on Political Ideologies and Global politics
  • Political ideas: conservatism and feminism
  • Global politics: sovereignty and globalisation, global governance: political and economic, global governance: human rights and environmental, power and developments, regionalism and the European Union, comparative theories.
On the course you will
  • develop critical thinking skills
  • formulate arguments, both written and oral
  • develop reading and essay writing skills
  • become knowledgeable in current affairs and political news

The French philosopher, Michele Foucault, wrote that ëeverything is politicalí. In many ways he was right, politics is really about the existence of power relations, which occur in every aspect of life. The questions we need to ask ourselves in politics are: who has power? Who gave them that power? Are they right in exercising that power? Perhaps most importantly, how can we remove people from power?


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Method of assessment

You will be externally assessed through three examinations at the end of year 2.  In addition, you will be internally assessed throughout the two years. 

The French philosopher, Michele Foucault, wrote that ëeverything is politicalí. In many ways he was right, politics is really about the existence of power relations, which occur in every aspect of life. The questions we need to ask ourselves in politics are: who has power? Who gave them that power? Are they right in exercising that power? Perhaps most importantly, how can we remove people from power?


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What will I be able to progress to?

Government and Politics is a challenging, but rewarding, subject that many universities have put on their lists as a preferred subject. There are a range of degree courses that come under Political Science, including Politics, International Relations, International Development and Political Theory. Studying this course can lead to a vast range of career paths, including government, pressure groups and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), journalism and the media, education, international diplomacy and law, to name but a few.

The French philosopher, Michele Foucault, wrote that ëeverything is politicalí. In many ways he was right, politics is really about the existence of power relations, which occur in every aspect of life. The questions we need to ask ourselves in politics are: who has power? Who gave them that power? Are they right in exercising that power? Perhaps most importantly, how can we remove people from power?


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  • Economics
  • History
  • Law
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology