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Highdown School
and Sixth Form Centre

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This course provides an opportunity for students to study a subject that is new to them and all students will be on an equal footing when they commence. 

Awarding Organisation:  AQA

Reformed/Linear A-Level: Yes

More information: Mr J Reid or Ms A Duncan


Entry Requirements

GCSE Grade 4+ in English, plus the standard Sixth Form entry requirements.


Curriculum and Assessment

Topics will include


Paper 1: Government and Politics of the UK           

Paper 2: Government and Politics of the USA/ Comparative Politics.

Paper 3: Political ideas


Skills that will be developed

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Analytical and evaluative reasoning
  • Political awareness
  • Debating skills


Post-18 opportunities

Students who study this subject gain a contemporary knowledge of the working world.  As a subject it is always changing and students need to maintain a grasp on the changes.  This course is useful for students pursuing English, History or International Relation courses as well as Journalism.


Destinations of students in the last two years:

  • Nottingham Trent University – International Relations and Politics



Students will need to purchase their text books.  There are additional revision booklets that are available if the student wishes to purchase them.  The department has a list of these and can provide guidance to students if necessary.