Government and Politics

Course Overview

This course is perfect if you have an interest in news and current affairs, how the country is governed, different political systems and how they work.

Areas of study in year one include:

  • Rights and democracy in the UK
  • Elections and voting
  • Political parties and groups
  • Representative governmental institutions in the UK.

Areas of study in year two include:

  • US politics - electoral processes, the US Constitution, US parties and branches of US government
  • Ideologies such as conservatism, socialism, communism, liberalism and nationalism.

Updated November 2019

Entry Requirements

Grade B in GCSE English Language and Literature is essential. Students will need to be enthusiastic, with an interest in news and current affairs essential to gaining a good grade in the subject. 


Course Delivery

Classroom based course. Four units studied, all assessed with an 1.5 hour written examination (May/June). 4.75 hours per week contact time

Progression Opportunities

Many students go on to take degree courses such as politics or international relations. Students who have taken the course have gone on to study at highly regarded institutions such as Aberystwyth, Bristol, Cardiff, Oxford, Cambridge, Kings College London, LSE and Swansea.

Careers in politics, political parties and pressure groups, the civil service, local government, media, journalism, social work, banking, law, public services, business and industry.

Knowledge of Government and Politics is very useful in a wide variety of fields.

Additional Information

The purchase of a £25 core textbook is necessary.

Course deliverable in Welsh: