Government and Politics

Faculty:  Humanities                                                                         

Level: AS/A2

Examination Board / website:

Edexcel Examination Board


Assessment Details:

100% Examination - no coursework.

Written Examinations (Unit titles, duration, % weighting):

AS Level-

Unit 1- People and Politics- 1 hour 20 minutes examination (25% of A’Level grade)

Unit 2- Governing the UK- 1 hour 20 minutes examination (25% of A’Level grade)

A2 Level-

We follow Route B- Political ideologies

Unit 3B- Introducing political ideologies- 1 hour 30 minutes examination (25% of A-Level grade)

Unit 4B- Other ideological traditions-1 hour 30 minutes examination (25% of A-Level grade)

Practical Examinations (Unit titles, duration, % weighting, dates):


Coursework: None

Course Outline:

The aim of the course is to enable students to gain an understanding of political institutions and processes and to encourage participation as citizens in a democracy. On the course you will gain a detailed understanding of British politics and political institutions and will get lots of opportunities to discuss your views. You will look closely at the workings of Parliament, Government, Judiciary and Pressure Groups. You will explore a range of political issues- democracy, participation, anarchy, voting, The EU, human rights; environment; power and control and much more.

Skills / Aptitudes required to be successful in this course:

Students on the Government and Politics A’Level course will be required to read extensively and work independently when researching different topics. Literacy skills are vital on this course as students will be expected to write extensively throughout the course.

Goes well with:




English Literature



Pathways – Career and /or further study possibilities, using this subject:

Students who study sociology can consider pursuing courses that lead to the following professions:



Social Work


Government/Politics- Civil Service



For further information, please contact: Ms Begum (Head of History + Politics) (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Thursday the 25th. Hendon School, Golders Rise, Hendon, London, NW4 2HP ~ Tel: 020 8202 9004 ~ Fax: 020 8202 3341 ~ E-mail: info@hendonschool.co.uk