Course overview

The study of government and politics is primarily the understanding of events which are happening now. It covers the dramatic changes that British and American politics are currently undergoing and places them in their context showing how power is being used. It allows you to understand the forces that control our daily lives and the position of the individual in the modern world.

What will I study?

Many topics are covered in this two year course and are split into three units of study. Unit one looks at the British political system, it covers the behaviours behind voting and engagement in politics, looking at the electoral systems, political parties and pressure group and the protest movements. You will also study the UK Constitution, parliament, the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the local, regional and European Government. In Unit two, you will study the politics of the USA and look at their Constitution, Congress and Presidency and how their civil rights, courts and pressure groups function. In the final unit, you will cover political ideologies and issues, liberalism, conservatism, socialism, feminism, ethnicity and gender, environment, education and the economy.

Trips, visits and enrichments

  • Field trips to the parliament and party conferences
  • Changes to meet visiting MP’s, professors and journalists

What can it lead to?

Government & politics students go on to degree courses at the most competitive universities, studying everything from politics and international relations to history, law, English, psychology, modern languages and medicine. Government & politics is a particularly good preparation for journalism, advertising, administration and the legal profession, fostering skills of debate and research, and of adapting to constantly changing circumstances, which are useful in many types of work.

Special entry requirements

GCSE grade 5 in English language or English literature.

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Year 12 consultation evening (o-z) 5.30-8.30 5:30pm on 22nd January 2018

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