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Politics AS

  • Course Level: AS Level
  • Qualification: AS
  • Awarded By: AQA

Introduction to course

2 years, assessed by exams

Who runs the country, the British Government, the European Union or the USA? What power does the Prime Minister have? Why is the US President so powerful? Why do people vote the way they do or not even vote at all? Study Politics to find answers to these questions and more. Visits to the Palace of Westminster & Parliament, London City Hall, the European Parliament or possibly Washington DC are arranged to see how these institutions function

Course Details

Visits to the Palace of Westminster & Parliament, London City Hall, the European Parliament or possibly Washington DC are arranged to see how these institutions function.

These are some of the topical issues you will study:

Why do we have a coalition government in the UK & what are the implications?

Why did Barack Obama win the US Presidential election of 2008? 

Is Cameron really a Conservative?  Is Nick Clegg really a Liberal Democrat?

How safe are our civil liberties? Can Parliament really control the Government and how well does Parliament discipline its own members?

Should we be able to dismiss our MP's?

Which factors influence how people vote?

Why do some pressure groups have too much influence and others very little?

 It is an essay and exam-based subject with two units in each year on the Politics and Government of the UK and USA. The course is especially suitable for those students with a Humanities background, in particular History and those who have an interest in the study of UK and US Politics and current developments. Students often find it beneficial to study Government & Politics combined with another Social Science or Humanities subject and it goes particularly well with Economics, History and Sociology.

Entry Requirements

In addition to the general entry requirements we prefer you to have a B in English or a humanities-related subject.

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This course combines well with

This course combines well with History, Economics, Law or Sociology. As it is essay based we welcome students who are studying English Language or Literature.

Course Assessment

Examination based-50% AS, 50% A2. Two written examination papers per year.

Course Progression

Most of our students go on to study law, politics or other social science and humanities courses at university, and from there a wide range of careers is possible - including politics.


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