Government and Politics A Level

About the Course

Politics is the study of political institutions, processes and the issues which affect citizens' lives. In the second year students study political ideologies and engage with the philosophical arguments that underpin contemporary society. Students will gain an understanding of how laws are made and the relationship between the state and the individual. It is a live subject; ever evolving, students will be expected to follow current affairs and take a genuine interest in the world they live.

Exam Board

Edexcel Exam Board. The course is entirely exam based. Students will sit three exams at the end of 2 years of study.


It is strongly recommended that students achieve at least a Grade 5 in English language or literature as the course involves extended writing tasks, however we will consider students on an individual basis. The main requirement is that students have a genuine interest in political issues and current affairs.

Course Content

Paper 1 - UK Politics - Democracy - Participation - Elections - Voting Behaviour - Conservatism, Socialism & Liberalism. Paper 2 - UK Governance - Constitution - Parliament & Anarchism - PM. Paper 3 - Governance of the USA.

Beyond the Classroom

The department run trips to the University of Sheffield for the Model UN, University of York, Westminster and London conferences. We also invite distinguished guest speakers to talk to the students, including serving MPs, The Professor Lord Hennessy, and lecturers from the University of Manchester.

Your Future

Politics is a traditional and highly regarded A level, favoured by Russell Group universities. It is an excellent course to study if you are considering a career in; law, business, the civil service, teaching, journalism. Students will have to employ a range of transferable skills valued by Higher Education institutions and employers.

Contact Department

Staff Contact: Mr Wilkinson
Hall Cross Academy
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