Government & Politics

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Course introduction

Joe Nicholas
A level Government & Politics
Government and Politics is the study of the ideas and beliefs of people; it focuses on the origins and development of political beliefs and how these have affected the ways in which countries are governed. This subject helps to understand the motivations behind differing political beliefs and also the approaches of different forms of government and other organisations in tackling the challenges faced by every society.




Government and Politics provides you with the opportunity to understand how the UK and USA are governed, developing an understanding of the world around you. You will also develop your own personal skills in research, constructing arguments and reaching and evaluating judgements.

Specific course entry requirements

College entry, (please refer to the Entry Requirements section for further details).

How will I be assessed?

100% examination

What will I study?

During the course you will study the political ideas that exist in the UK as well as the way in which the country is governed. You will examine the philosophies of the main political parties, and the way in which democracy works in the UK and how citizens can participate in it. You will also investigate the strengths and weaknesses of the system of government in the UK by studying the working of Parliament, the office of Prime Minister and the role of the Courts. In the second year you will widen your understanding of government and politics by studying the political system of the USA in comparison to the UK, and also study key ideologies which lay the framework for the beliefs of the political parties and the voters which elect them, with a specific focus on socialism, liberalism, conservatism and anarchism.

Pre-course materials

Course activities to prepare for your SJR studies.

Click here for our first release of course materials

Bridging materials

For year 11 students who have applied and joining us in year 12

Where will this course lead me?

Government and Politics will provide you with an academically recognised qualification which also provides a range of skills which are highly sought after by employers and universities. You will learn how to use information you are provided with to construct analytical arguments and challenge the principles of established ideologies. You will be able analyse politics in the UK and USA and make judgements about them in response to questions and areas of debate. In addition you will be able to debate objectively and with confidence, evaluating ideas about government and politics.

These skills can be applied to a number of careers in the civil service, security services, law, as well as business and project management. You will get the highest marks for the most recent examples, highlighting how the subject tracks the most recent developments.

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Where next?
University of Edinburgh – History and Economics

Nurturing rising talent

Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.

Competitive sport

The college has a number of teams that play as part of the Association of College’s league and are very competitive each year. We play games on a Wednesday afternoon, so this will make up part of your time-table.

There will be trials for male and female football, male and female rugby league and netball on Wednesday 9th September at 1.30pm, meet at the Sports Hall. Following trials will be a pizza and soft drink meeting in the Sports Hall to give you more information on the season. Hockey and Basketball will follow during the first week. Details will be emailed.

  • Male Football
  • Female Football
  • Male Rugby League
  • Female Rugby League
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Hockey