Government & Politics

Exam Board: Edexcel

Course Description

Our Government and Politics curriculum aims to engage students with the wider world and ever-changing political landscape around them. The A-Level curriculum will allow students to gain extensive knowledge of the functions of political systems, structures and concepts. Students will develop a coherent understanding of politics and current affairs. They will be equipped with the skills and knowledge required to analyse, critique and evaluate key political ideologies and debates and apply their knowledge to emerging situations. Government and Politics students at The Warren School will engage with a stimulating, relevant and academically rigorous curriculum that will challenge their thinking and enable them to become politically aware citizens.

In Year 12, students examine British Politics looking at how power is shared and the system of British Government. In Year 13, we examine American political issues and the US system of government.

In Year 13 students sit three written papers, each worth one third of the total A Level.

Year 12

UK Government

UK Politics

Core Political Ideologies
Year 13

Comparative Politics: Government and Politics of the USA

There are six content areas: 1. The US Constitution and federalism 2. US Congress 3. US presidency 4. US Supreme Court and US civil rights 5.

US democracy and participation 6. Comparative theories.


Why study A-Level Politics?

Studying Government and Politics will help you understand who holds power and how governments make decisions. Essentially, it is a subject which is relevant to everyone as it examines issues of social importance – such as health, education, crime, war and peace and the economy.

Government and Politics is also a subject which provokes debate in that there is inevitably disagreement about how to deal with these issues and the challenges they raise.

A-level Government and Politics enables students to develop their critical thinking skills and enhance their ability to interpret, evaluate and comment on the nature of politics. Practically, studying politics will help you develop an informed voice in society and the A Level has been designed to help you understand the significance of current events you see in the news.

Career pathway

Government and Politics is a popular A-level choice which is very well respected by all universities. It complements subjects such as History, English and Philosophy and Ethics and will give you the knowledge and skills necessary for higher education. By end of the course you will learn how to investigate, evaluate data and explain a range of views. Students who specialise in Government and Politics at university can go on to become journalists, political researchers, teachers, Members of Parliament and civil servants.

A Level Results 2022

Congratulations to our Year 13 students on another successful year.

A Level Results 2021

Congratulations to our Year 13 students on another sucessful year.

A Level Results 2020

Congratulations to our Year 13 students on achieving 67% A*-C

Essential reads

Andrew Heywood, Essentials of UK politics