Government and Politics AS and A Level

Social Sciences

Social Sciences
Social Sciences
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code TPT9
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This is a fascinating and highly relevant course which deals with issues which affect everyone. Students are not expected to have any prior knowledge but an interest in current affairs is essential.  The course is broken down into three main areas:

  • British Politics
  • American Politics
  • Core Political Ideas


British Politics:

Students gain an insight into the ways in which the British political system works and how politics affects all aspects of our daily lives.

Areas of study include:

  • Parliament - is it just a lot of shouting?
  • Prime Minister and Cabinet - who runs the country?
  • Elections - do they really change anything?
  • Constitutional Reform - does the system need changing?
  • Participation - why do (or don't) people vote?
  • Political parties - what do they believe in?
  • Democracy - is it important?
  • The United Kingdon - how united is it?

American Politics

Students will gain an insight into how the US political system operates.  This will enable students to make a direct comparison with the UK political system.

  • Congress - whats the difference between the House and the Senate?
  • The President - how powerful is he?
  • The Supreme Court - will it abolish the death penalty?
  • Elections - why did Trump win and Clinton lose?
  • Constitution and Federalism - what powers do the States have?
  • Pressure Groups - enhancing or destroying democracy?
  • Political parties - do they mean anything in the USA?

Core Poltical Ideas

Students will explore the three traditional political ideas of conservatism, liberalism and socialism.  Students will learn about core ideas and principles and how they apply in practice to human nature, the state, society and the economy, the divisions within each idea and their key thinkers.  You will learn about one of the following ideologies:

  • Anarchism
  • Ecologism
  • Feminism
  • Multiculturalism
  • Nationalism


How will it be delivered?

AS Level Exams:

  1. UK Politics (1.5 hours)
  2. UK Government (1.5 hours)

A Level Exams:

  1. UK Politics and Core Political Ideas (2 hours)
  2. UK Government and Optional Political Ideas (2 hours)
  3. Comparative Politics - USA (2 hours)

Entry requirements

A 5 in GCSE English Language or Literature.

Your next steps...

Politics develops the skills of enquiry and analysis as well as the ability to debate an issue and construct a balanced argument.  These skills provide an excellent foundation for a wide range of careers, for example law, journalism, the media, administration and management.