AS Level / A Level Government and Politics (Full-Time)

Course Overview

The AS Level / 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. It encourages learners to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, politics and to recognize its importance in their own lives and to society. This is located in the Sixth Form Academy (SFA).

The specification encourages learners to develop an understanding of contemporary political structures and issues within Wales and United Kingdom (UK), knowledge and understanding of broader global political structures and issues, understand the influences and interests which have an impact on decisions in government and politics, understand the rights and responsibilities of individuals and groups, an awareness of the changing nature of politics and the relationships between political ideas, institutions, and processes and the ability to critically analyse, interpret and evaluate political information to form arguments and make judgments.

Applying for AS Levels or A Levels? Click ‘Apply Now’ on any ONE of the subjects you are interested in studying. Complete the online application form, where you will be asked to specify your other two choices. Then book an Interview appointment to meet the tutors and discuss your preferred choices.

  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of six GCSEs at Grade C or above including English Language. No prior knowledge of this subject is required.

  • Career Prospects

    This specification provides a suitable foundation for the study of Government and Politics at university or related subjects such as Law and History.

    Career progression into the legal profession, journalism, teaching, civil service, and working for international organisations such as UN.

  • Course Modules

    The two-year course compromises 4 units:

    Unit 1 - Government in Wales and the United Kingdom.
    Unit 2 - Living and Participating in Democracy.
    Unit 3 - Political Concepts and Themes.
    Unit 4 - Government and Politics in the USA.

  • Assessment

    Assessment will be combination of coursework and examinations.

    It will involve guided learning, some teacher led sessions, and independent study.

    Unit 1 - 1 hour 30 mins written exam with a mixture of structured questions and extended response questions.

    Unit 2 - 1 hour 30 mins written exam with a mixture of structured questions and extended response questions.

  • Additional Costs

    4 booklets are needed are needed, 2 for year 1 and 2 for year 2. These books are priced £5.50 per booklet.

Study Mode



Neath College

Course Length

2 years