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Subject Leader

Mr D Hayes

Advanced Level

Politics (2017)


Why study Government and Politics?


Who should study politics, and why?  The short answer is that everyone should study politics – all members of society should have a general understanding of the rules under which they live.  For these rules to be effective, as many citizens as possible should actively participate in making, upholding and, hopefully, changing these rules.  This is what is meant by ‘active citizenship’.  A healthy society is a society in which many people engage in political activity and do so with insight and understanding.


Politics is therefore particularly likely to suit students who:

  • have in 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 – students who are comfortable with the fact that in politics there are no simple ‘rights’ or ‘wrongs’.
  • like to think for themselves and who wish to develop their own views, rather than simply accept the views of others.


How will you be assessed?


All 3 units are externally examined modules worth 33.3% of the final A Level Grade.


What will you study?


Component 1:  UK Politics Political Participation and Core Political Ideas (conservatism, liberalism, socialism)
Component 2:UK Government The Constitution, parliament, the Prime Minister and the executive and non-core political ideas
Component 3: Comparative Politics: UK and the USA

What will Government and Politics offer you in the future?


The study of politics offers clear preparation for a wide range of university courses.  It also prepares students for the world of work with particular relevance to public service such as the police force, teaching and civil service.  Politics is also becoming increasingly relevant to those who wish to work in the private sector; journalists, researchers, lawyers, engineers and financial sector workers are all influenced by political decisions made by people in power.  They are increasingly finding that being aware of, understanding and helping to shape those decisions is not only helpful, but also necessary, in their chosen lines of work.