What is the structure of the course?
It is a two year course with all examinations at the end of Year 13.
What is it?
The study of power. The focus is the British system of government including parliament, parties, elections, pressure groups and our concepts of representation and participation. But students may also look at the US government as well as the new systems in Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
Why do it?
Fascinated by current affairs? Want to understand how our laws are made? Want to make the laws/run the country/make a difference to people’s lives? Or perhaps you just fancy studying a subject that unfolds on our television screens every night.
You must be good at debating - and that doesn’t mean being able to shout louder than everyone else. You must also be able to articulate your ideas in writing.
Students should have gained at least a grade C in Citizenship and English.
Which degrees does it lead to?
Politics, Social Sciences Law, Business or Humanities courses.
Will it set you up for a brilliant career?
Government and politics is a highly respected and rigorous course which has many links to other areas of study. “The interest that is sparked by a politics A-level, often leads students into journalism, trade unions and a few end up in politics,” says Morton R Davies.