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Government and Politics

AQA 7152

Subject overview

A Level Politics provides a varied insight and an in depth foundation in UK and US government and politics and political ideas. There’s no denying that it’s one of the most interesting and engaging qualifications you can choose. Covering news and current affairs from the UK and US, it helps you understand how the UK country is run.

You will study the theme of political behavior in the UK, including how and why people participate in politics, the history of democracy within the UK and the ideologies if the main political parties as well as the role of pressure groups. You will draw on this knowledge to complete a comparative study of worldwide politics, studying the American electoral process, political parties, voting behavior and pressure groups. You will also explore the main political ideologies of Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism, Nationalism, Feminism, Multiculturalism, Anarchism and Ecologism and their interconnection with world politics.

Course content

  • Government and politics of the UK
  • Government and politics of the USA and comparative politics
  • Political ideas


The course develops your research, written communication and debate skills, which are sought after in a range of professions. Government and Politics A Level is ideal if you’re considering studying politics, sociology, ethics, advertising or journalism at university and is highly regarded by employers in industries including politics, international relations and journalism.