Government & Politics AS/A Level


Do you enjoy a stimulating and dynamic subject which investigates topical issues and controversies that affect our everyday lives? Politics helps us understand how the British political system works, where power lies and how our system compares with others and the development of the European Union. Students will develop a range of analytical, investigative and critical skills to use in whatever career path they choose. To do well in Government & Politics students will need to keep up-to-date with current affairs by reading a respected newspaper and watching or listening to the news on a weekly basis.

What goes well with this course?

Government and Politics combines well with the majority of subjects, particularly:

  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • History
  • Law
  • English


Government and Politics students are well respected for their versatility and their analytical and evaluative skills which are essential in so many jobs. Possible careers can include the Civil Service, Teaching and the Police.

Course Content

In the first year, students investigate the concepts and institutions that underline the British System of Government via 8 key topics:

Unit 1:

  • Democracy
  • Pressure Groups
  • Elections
  • Political Parties

Unit 2:

  • Parliament
  • Constitution
  • Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Judiciary

In the second year, A Level students look at the key issues in British Politics since 1997 and the issues affecting the development of the EU in a topic based way. They study issues like:

  • The management of the UK economy
  • The Welfare State
  • The politics of the environment
  • The impact of the European Union on British Politics

Lessons contain a mixture of lively debate, exposure to new ideas and close analysis of current affairs as they take place.


Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

The College offers a number of educational experiences each year to enable students to contextualise their learning. These experiences include trips, visiting speakers and residentials.  For the past three years the College has run a residential trip to Brussels sponsored by the EU to visit the European Parliament.  The MP for Central Croydon has also been involved in running workshops with AS students and several Politics students playing an active role on the Student Union Executive team.


The exam board for this A Level is Pearson Edexcel.

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirements:  

  • Grade 5 in English Language, or
  • Grade 5 or B in English Literature or History

No previous experience of Politics is required. An interest in current affairs and a desire to explore new ideas is essential. Students need to be willing to work hard and be able to plan their own learning.

Most students begin studying Politics having never studied the subject before: this is not a disadvantage. However, a willingness to find out about contemporary politics is essential. Students should genuinely enjoy the following:

  • reading and keeping up-to-date with Politics
  • developing and analysing different points-of-view in writing
  • group discussions

This course will help students to develop a range of analytical, investigative and creative skills which they will be able to use in whatever career path they choose.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2017

The application form for the academic year 2017-2018 is available to download here.

Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the AS/A Level in Government & Politics information leaflet.

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