Government and Politics


Politics affects almost everything around us – from roads and recycling, your education and the environment, to how countries interact with one another. If you’re interested in who makes these decisions, and how and why they do so, this is the course for you.

If you’re interested in current affairs and are keen to understand further, you’ll enjoy this course. You’ll get the chance to discuss and debate important contemporary issues and to develop communication and presentation skills, all of which will prove vital for both university and the workplace.

You will have the opportunity to visit Parliament, meet with local and national politicians as well as attending events held at local universities. The College also has an active Politics Society, which gets involved in the UK Youth Parliament, the Mock UN, and local debating competitions.

You may progress onto one of a wide range of degree courses including Politics, International Relations, Political Theory and History.

Type of study
Examination board

Availability & Details

Government and Politics, AS-Level SF-GOPOAS-D(1718)000

South Downs Campus
Academic Year 2017-18 (1 year)
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A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English and Mathematics at grade 4 or above.

In the first year of the course you will study:

Democracy and political participation

  • Electoral systems
  • Voting behaviour and the media
  • The UK constitution
  • Parliament
  • The prime minister and government
  • Rights and the judiciary
  • Liberal, Socialism and Conservatism
  • A political ideology case study – Either Anarchism or Feminism

In the second year of the course you will study:

  • US constitution and federalism
  • US Congress
  • US Presidency
  • US Supreme Court
  • Political parties
  • Civil rights


There will be opportunities to discuss the issues raised by the course content, using contemporary examples to draw out the main areas of interest. You will access the digital resources of the College to research assignments and essays, as well as to inform debate. You will be encouraged to engage in enrichment activities, including taking part in sessions organised by local universities and meeting with local politicians.

You will also have the opportunity to organise and take part in the annual college wide theatre debate, past issues debated include the European Union referendum and the 2015 general election. Two students each year are also selected to visit Parliament as guests of the Bishop of Portsmouth.

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David Stenning, Public Services student

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Lizaveta Sinkerich, A Level student

My time at the college was definitely life changing, I have learnt a lot of new skills, and obviously it’s a completely new experience. The support was great, there was always people there to help and try make it as easy as they can for you. The college is really fantastic, it has helped me on the way to get to what I want to achieve within my career goals.

Erin Morgan, BTEC student


A good A Level pass in a range of subjects will assist you to progress to higher education or appropriate employment.