Broughton Hall Catholic High School - Curriculum / Government and Politics

Government and Politics


Key Information

Level: A Level
Examination Board: Edexcel
Subject Leader: Miss Bennett

Entry Requirements

Applications are invited from pupils who have obtained at least five GCSEs at grade 5 and above in other subjects and at least a grade 6 in one of the English exams. Each application will be considered on its individual merits.

Why Choose this course?

It is not necessary to have studied Politics at GCSE to undertake this A Level course. What is necessary is a lively, enquiring mind and willingness to work hard. It would suit students who enjoy reading, note making and essay writing, but it also involves plenty of lively discussion and debate.

Students are encouraged to use a wide range of media to enhance their political knowledge and awareness. Above all, it is an 'alive', interesting subject which deals with topics and issues that receive daily coverage in all sections of the media. Visits to A Level lectures in Manchester and London are arranged whenever appropriate.


The skills which are developed are useful in Law, Management, Banking, Social Work, Civil Service, Local Government, Teaching, Journalism and Television.

Course Content

PAPER 1: UK Politics Section A: Political Participation:
Democracy and Participation
Political Parties
Electoral Systems
Voting Behaviour and the Media

Section B: Core Political Ideas Conservatism - Liberalism - Socialism

2 hour exam - 2 x 30 mark + 1 x 24 mark

PAPER 2: UK Government
Section A: UK Government
The Constitution
Prime Minister and the Executive
Relationships between these branches

Section B - Optional Political Ideas
One of: Anarchism / Ecologism / Feminism /
Multiculturalism / Nationalism

2 hour exam - 2 x 30 mark + 1 x 24 mark

PAPER 3: Comparative Politics-USA
The US Constitution and federalism
US Congress
US Presidency
US Supreme Court
Democracy and participation
Civil rights

2 hour exam - 1 x 12 mark + 1 x 12 mark + 2 x 30 mark