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GCE AS/A Level Government And Politics

Programme Description

Government and Politics is a fascinating subject that has an impact on all our lives. In a rapidly changing world, this subject will give you an understanding of how governments function, Britain’s commitment to international organisations, the ideologies behind the major political parties, human rights issues and even Brexit.   If you are interested in current affairs, enjoy reading the news, or are simply curious about the major shifts in world politics, then this A level is for you. Lessons are lively, provoking debate and are insightful.  You will have opportunities to attend TV political debates, contribute to youth programmes with local council and visit Parliament.

Programme Features

Studying Government and Politics will develop your interest in, and give you an understanding of, the systems of government and the political issues of Britain and America.  You will develop your knowledge of contemporary affairs taught in modern, well equipped classrooms. GovPol@CSG develops transferable skills and critical thought which are key skills essential for Higher Education. 

Progression & Employment

Politics will equip you with a wide range of academic and communication skills, which are highly valued by many different careers. Previous students have gone on to study Politics at university and taken up careers in teaching, law, Welsh politics, local government and the voluntary sector.

A* Government and Politics, studying Law: Queen Mary University of London

A* Government and Politics, studying Politics and French: Cardiff University

A* Government and Politics, studying Politics: Cardiff University

A* Government and Politics, studying Geography: Cambridge University

Programme Content

AS Level:

In year 1 you will concentrate on British Politics. You will study British and Welsh governments, political parties, elections and social movements.

A Level:

This is divided into two papers: the first is on political ideologies and global politics, and the final unit looks in-depth at American politics and its influences around the world.

Programme Assessment

Two externally assessed examinations at end of AS, year 1.

Two externally assessed examinations at end of A2, year 2.

There is no coursework in this course.

Programme Entry Requirements

Normally students 16 - 19 years of age will require a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grades A* - C.

English language and/or English Literature grade B+

We strongly recommend that students have at least a grade B in English language GCSE as this course entails a considerable amount of essay writing. An interest in current affairs would be an advantage. Entry for mature students without formal qualifications is at the discretion of the curriculum area.