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Stratford Girls' Grammar School Stratford-Upon-Avon

Government and Politics

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7 in English 
& English Literature 
(GCSE Level)

Aims of the course 

  • To develop a critical awareness of the nature of politics and the relationships between political ideas, institutions and processes
  • To understand the structures of authority and power within the political system of the UK, and how these may differ from other political systems
  • To understand the rights and responsibilities of individuals, and to prepare citizens for active participation in society
  • To develop personal effectiveness through a critical awareness of political events and issues, and the skills required to argue a case with relevance and coherence
  • To gain a clear understanding of the theories, motives and values that underpin political processes and governmental decision-making and the role of institutions in resolving conflicts and allocating scarce resources
  • Learn to think for yourself, develop your own views, discuss, debate and argue

What will I learn? 

  • Component 1 -  UK Politics Political Participation, democracy, voting systems and behaviour, media. Conservatism, Socialism, Liberalism.
    One exam lasting two hours consisting of three structured essay questions.

  • Component 2 - UK Government and Political ideas   Constitution, Parliament, Prime Minister, Cabinet, House of Lords, Judiciary. One from Anarchism, Feminism, Ecologism, Nationalism, Multiculturalism. 
    One exam lasting two hours consisting of three structured essay questions.

  • Component 3 -  Comparative Politics - USA  US Constitution, Presidency, Congress, Supreme Court, Civil Rights.
    One exam lasting two hours consisting of three structured essay questions and a source based question.


  • Year 12 annual visit to Parliament with a tour around the Houses of Parliament.
  • Visit to the USA to study the workings of American politics.
  • Access to the pre-chewed politics website to watch the v Textbook resource from home.
  • In addition, speakers are invited in to discuss political issues. In recent years we have had visits from the Stratford upon Avon MP Nadhim Zahawi, Chami Chakrabarti, Natalie Bennett, Isabel Hardman (The Spectator) plus Warwick University lecturers.

Future Opportunities 

  • This subject supports progression into further education such as a Politics or International Relations degree.
  • Politics A-level will also be useful in related degree subjects such as History, Geography, Economics and Social Policy.
  • From social and political research to journalism, marketing and HR, the civil service and public relations a degree in Politics and International Relations opens up a broad range of career opportunities.

Student Focus: Holly

“Government and Politics has developed my capacity for critical thinking and fed my interest in current affairs, putting the UK in the context of the European Union and the wider world.  It's fascinating!”

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Why did you choose Government and Politics?

I became really interested in Politics in the US Presidential Election in 2012 and I wanted to learn more about politics and the political concepts central to an undertanding of the modern world.  Analysing the relationships between different aspects of government and politics, including comparisons with other political systems, is one of the most absorbing areas of this course.  I also love a debate, and this subject encourages regular lively and interesting discussions on a variety of topics.

Does this subject impact your other A-level courses at all?

It has been enormously helpful with my Spanish Film Studies, because we've been studying a film set during the Spanish Civil War, and part of the preparation was to gain an understanding of the politics of the time.  I am going to be studying French and Spanish at university and I will have the opportunity to take Politics modules in both languages, so my A level will come in very useful!