Course Overview

Government and Politics is an exciting and challenging course which tackles some of the biggest questions about the way in which our country is run, as well as focusing on the difference between US and U.K. Politics.

If you’re interested in current affairs and want to learn more about the people who lead our country, this is the course for you.

During the first year of the course, you will look at Elections, Political Parties, Pressure Groups, Parliament, the Prime Minister and Government. The topics are examined both in terms of the powers of the institutions and how individuals have used these powers to try and achieve their aims. In the second year, you will look more closely at U.S Politics.

The subject can be studied in combination with a range of others but English, History, Law and Social Sciences are the most common combination. The main requirements are an interest in Politics and the ability to express yourself well on paper.

Politics (A-Level)

Course Features

Our study suite of Find Your Feet tasks have been designed to give you a taster of college life and the work involved by each subject. We recommend that you complete this work so that you know what to expect in September and to help you to choose the right subjects. There is no limit on how many subjects you can try, so find your feet in our study suite.

  • It is important to note that this work has no bearing on entry requirements and any work completed will not be marked or graded.
  • It is not required for you to bring any completed work with you in September, however, we would love for you to share your hard work.
  • It is a great platform to start your learning conversations with teaching staff and peers in September.

Download your A Level Politics Find Your Feet task here

Course Topics

  • Reforming the electoral system
  • Use of referendums in the UK
  • Why electors vote for the parties that they do
  • Why so many people do not vote in elections
  • The use of Direct Action by pressure groups
  • What the role of an MP should be
  • Should the House of Lords be abolished?
  • Is the prime minister too powerful?
  • What were the main reasons for the result in the US Presidential election?
  • Where does power lie in the US system of Government?

Course Features

Learn all about the way the country is run and who holds power in the U.K. Government.

Get an insight into the way voting and elections work in the U.K. and abroad.

Explore some of the key ideologies in politics, such as Liberalism, Socialism, Conservatism and Feminism.

You will have the opportunity to benefit from exciting guest speakers, which in the past has included: Ed Miliband, John Bercow, Alan Johnson and Tristram Hunt.

A range of academic enrichment trips, including Parliament and Washington DC.


Exams – 100%

Awarding Body: AQA

Where Courses Become Careers

The vast majority of our Government & Politics students progress onto university and many take related degrees: Government, International Relations or Public Administration

This subject is particularly useful if you are looking for a career in Law, Civil Service, Local Government or the Police. One of our former students went on to become an MP and a number are now local councillors.

Studying Biology at the Sixth Form College gives you the opportunity to pursue a general or a more specialised Biology degree at university or even enter the job market directly and train with an employer such as the NHS. Throughout the course you will develop life-long learning skills.

Careers can include: Forensic Scientist, Conservation Biologist, Toxicologist, Geneticist, Environmental Consultant, Pharmaceutical Sales Representative, Zoologist, Marine Biologist, and Forester.

Make your mark

How SFC will help you to boost your CV by developing your skills and qualifications…

Any potential employer who sees that an applicant has studied Government & Politics will realise that this is someone who takes an interest in the world at large and is likely to be a valuable asset to any team.

As part of the course all students will visit the Houses of Parliament and be involved in the liaison activities with the Politics and International Relations Department at Keele University.

The nature of this course and the activities undertaken within it will hone your communication skills, creativity, independence of thought, your respect for the views of others and problem solving skills.


If you are unsure what course you think you should choose or what career you would like to aspire towards then contact Admissions:

E: admissions@stokesfc.ac.uk