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Government & politics 01

The aim of this course is to explore political concepts central to an understanding of the modern world. You will develop an in-depth knowledge of the UK and US political systems. You will develop your capacity for critical thinking, and your ability to analyse relationships between different aspects of government and politics.

 The Department

Curriculum Leader: Miss S Taylor

A Level

Exam Board: Edexcel

Specification Number: 9PL0

Course content:

Component 1: UK Politics (9PLO/ 01)

UK Politics

  • Democracy and Participation
  • Political Parties
  • Electoral systems
  • Voting behaviour and the media

Core Political Ideas

  • Liberalism
  • Conservatism
  • Socialism

Component 2: UK Government (9PLO/ 02)

UK Government

  • The Constitution
  • Parliament
  • Prime Minister and Executive
  • Relationships between the branches

Non-core Political Ideas – students will explore :

  • Feminism

Component 3: Comparative Politics (9PLO/ 3A)

  • The US Constitution and Federalism
  • US Congress
  • US Presidency
  • US Supreme Court and US civil rights
  • US democracy and participation
  • Comparative theories


100% examination consisting of three exams each worth 33.3% of the qualification.

Studying this subject will inevitably involve lots of discussion in class and students are expected to be informed about current political developments. Essay-writing and note-taking are key learning methods. Debates and group-work will figure largely in the course.

Why Government & Politics at St Albans Girls’ School? :

Strong exam results and teachers who are passionate about the subject.  Regular speakers who visit the school and trips to visit Parliament, Politicians and the Supreme Court.  Excellent resources like Pre-chewed Politics that students can use to access the subject knowledge required.  

Politics is exciting because people disagree. Debate and disagreement lie at the heart of politics. Politics is not a subject of absolute ‘rights’ or absolute ‘wrongs’. The challenge of politics is to develop your own views and opinions in the light of the information available to you

Expectations of students:

Politics is a ‘live subject’ and it is essential that Politics students keep up-to-date with current affairs. Students will be expected to read quality newspapers and watch TV programmes with current affairs content. Reading around the subject is crucial. Students will be expected to develop their discussion skills, their listening skills and their writing skills.

What websites are recommended? – a password is shared with students in September.

Any news websites and political pages, that provide up-to-date information.

What equipment is needed?

A course text book is required to support students with their political studies: Edexcel GCE Politics AS and A Level Student Book (2017).

Access to the internet to use Prechewed Politics website and to keep up-to-date with the ever changing political landscape is essential.

Career Paths:

Studying Politics provides you with skills recognised and valued by employers and universities, This course will prepare students for university courses in a range of social sciences, for example politics, sociology and economics. Politics also provides an excellent basis for a range of different jobs including politics, law, journalism and business, amongst others.

Get in touch

Mr P O'Neill, Business Manager

Sandridgebury Lane

St Albans



01727 853134