Government & Politics

Students will study in depth government and politics in both the UK and the US. Students will directly compare the two political systems and identify parallels, connections, similarities and differences between aspects of politics. Students will therefore develop a critical awareness of the changing nature of politics and the relationships between political ideas, political institutions and political processes.

Course Aims

Government & Politics students will be required to develop skills in comprehension and interpretation of political information. They will be able to critically analyse and evaluate the areas of politics studied and construct well substantiated arguments leading to informed conclusions. Students will further develop their political vocabulary and make connections between the two main areas of study.

Entry Requirements

Minimum GCSE grade 6 or equivalent in English Language.


Government and politics enables students to explore careers such as becoming a Member of Parliament, roles within the civil service, political journalism, PR or government and social researcher.

However the skills developed also make this course applicable to many other careers without a direct connection to politics.

Awarding Body

AQA A-level Government & Politics. This is a level 3 qualification.


Assessment is entirely by examination and consists of three written papers at the end of Year 13, which each count towards a third of the overall qualification.

Paper 1 – UK Politics
Paper 2 – US Politics
Paper 3 – Political ideas

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