A-level Government & Politics

Cornwall College St Austell LEVEL: 3 A-levels

“In the anarchic world of international politics, it is better to be Godzilla than Bambi” ( John J. Mearsheimer, 2005).

If your reaction to this quotation is to debate the extent of its truth, then you should choose to study politics. Government & Politics A-level is a lively and engaging subject that will captivate anyone who wishes to understand the society in which we live, and be able to situate this within the broader global context. We tackle big issues, such as terrorism, poverty and climate change, head on. You will develop skills in analysis, evaluation, debate, handling evidence and formulating credible and substantiated arguments, whilst at the same time advance your knowledge of national and international politics.



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Ideal if:

  • You have an interest in the world around you, want to know more about the society in which you live, how it works, and how it could work.
  • You enjoy debate, discussion and argument and are comfortable with the idea that in politics there is no right or wrong answer.
  • You enjoy weighing up and evaluating evidence in order to assess and communicate ideas and arguments.
  • You like thinking for yourself and want to develop your own views rather than accept the views of others.
  • If you are interested in modern Britain and Europe and if you enjoy discussion and debate you should consider taking Politics.

You’ll need:

At least five GCSEs at grade C or grade 5, or above, including English and mathematics and at least a grade B or grade 6 or 7, in a relevant subject.

You’ll learn:

Topics of study
- People and politics: democracy and participation; elections and voting; political parties; pressure groups
- Governing the UK: the constitution; parliament; prime minister, cabinet and executive; judges and civil liberties; EU and multilevel governance
- Structures of global politics: historical background; sovereignty and international systems; theories of global politics; globalisation; world
order; nature of power; global governance; UN; NATO; economic governance; EU and regionalism
- Global political issues: conflict; war; terrorism; cultural conflict; nuclear proliferation; human rights; humanitarian intervention; theories
of poverty and development; global poverty and inequality; environmental politics; climate change


A-level Government & Politics will give you adaptable skills which will enable you to understand and assess ideas and arguments, and to construct and communicate clear answers to problems based on well-validated evidence. With a GCE in Government and Politics, you can progress to higher education courses such as honours degrees in politics, international politics/relations and political science as well as to degrees in related subjects such as history, geography, economics and social policy.

The study of politics can lead to a variety of careers within areas such as journalism and broadcasting, management, publishing, local government, public policy and policy research, interest groups, local government and the voluntary sector, as well as within politics itself.

You’ll go on to:

Further studies at university, higher level apprenticeship or employment.





A-level Government & Politics

Start Date

September 2019


St Austell


2 years

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