Government and Politics is offered to students at Key Stage 5. The focus of this A level is the Political System in the UK and Global Politics. It focuses on how the Political systems of the UK have evolved over time, and how unique our system is compared to the rest of the World. It also crucially provides students with greater knowledge of current affairs and understanding of the world around them.

Government and Politics Department

Mr Andrew 310561 ext.1034
Miss Natasha Craggs 310561 ext.1080
Mr Robert 310561 ext.1034

The Examining Body:

Government and Politics follows the EdExcel specification for AS 8GPO1 and 9GP01 for A2. The following website details will take you to the resources pages for this qualification:
Government and Politics : Edexcel

The weighting of the topics in the exam are as follows:

Component 1: 33% Component 2: 33% Component 3: 33%
Part 1: UK Politics

  • Democracy and Participation;
  • Political Parties;
  • Electoral systems;
  • Voting Behaviour and the Media.
Part1: UK Government

  • The Constitution;
  • Parliament;
  • Prime Minister and Executive;
  • Relations between Institutions.
Global politics

  • The State and Globalisation;
  • Global Governance: Political and Economic;
  • Global Governance: Human Rights and Environmental;
  • Power and Development;
  • Regionalism and the European Union;
  • Comparative Theories.
Part 2: Core Political Ideas

  • Conservatism;
  • Liberalism;
  • Socialism.
Part 2: Non-core Political Ideas

  • Nationalism.


Students have 10 lessons a fortnight for their AS & A2 Politics.

Key Coursework Deadlines

There is no coursework in Government and Politics.