Course Outline

Politics exists because people disagree. They disagree about how they should live (moral questions), about who should get what (resource questions) and about who should make decisions (power questions). Politics seeks to establish the general rules under which we live and it is those rules that make orderly existence possible. As such, politics is the most basic and necessary of social activities - without orderly existence, society will degenerate into a civil war of each against all.

GovPol 6thformProspectus 01During Year 12 you will study the following units:

  • UK Politics
  • UK Government
  • UK Politics with Core ideologies: Conservatism, Socialism and Liberalism


During Year 13 you will study the following units:

  • UK Government and the role of Feminism
  • Comparative studies in Global politics


Entrance requirements and skills needed

An interest in Government and Politics and the willingness to read around the subject is essential. A genuine interest in current affairs is a key to success.  Regular viewings of '‘Question Time' and ‘'Newsnight' will provide a sound basis for progression at all levels. Good written and verbal communication skills will ensure enjoyment and provide a structure for examination success.

Government and Politics is likely to suit students who:

  • Have an interest in the world around them - ones who want to know more about the society they live in, how it works and how it could work
  • Enjoy debate, discussion and argument - ones who are comfortable with the fact that in politics there are no simple ‘rights' or ‘wrongs'
  • Like to think for themselves - ones who want to develop their own views, rather than accept the views of others.

Assessments - Pearson/Edexcel qualification

GovPol A level

A Level - Three 120 minute examinations in June of Year 13.

Each of the three papers is worth a third of your final grade.


Why study Government and Politics?

The short answer is that everyone should study politics - all members of society should have a better understanding of the general rules under which they live. For these rules to be effective, as many people as possible should actively participate in making them, upholding them and maybe, changing them. Government and Politics is a great companion to studying: History, Sociology, English Language, English Literature, Psychology and Philosophy.


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"Those who are too clever to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are more stupid."


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