At least a 6 or higher at GCSE in History or English.

Students should have a passion about politics and be eager to learn about the subject.  It is important that students are able to write fluently and carry out independent research with a willingness to read widely around the subject. It is a requirement that they will participate in class discussion. There are no prior learning requirements of the subject.


The A Level course of Government and Politics will enable students to develop a wide range of skills including the ability to comprehend, synthesise and interpret political information; analyse and evaluate political knowledge; identify connections, similarities and differences between the areas studied; select relevant material and construct and communicate arguments clearly and coherently using appropriate political vocabulary.

Core content

1. Government and politics of the UK

2. Government and politics of the USA and comparative politics

3. Political ideas


Each paper: written exam: 2 hours

Studying Government and Politics at St Joan of Arc provides the students with the opportunity to take part in trips both locally and internationally. These not only prepare our students for the examinations,but also broaden their general understanding and appreciation of the subject. The local or UK based trip is to London to visit the Houses of Parliament. The international trip is a visit to Washington DC where students will visit key US political areas, such as the Lincoln Memorial and the US Supreme Court to name a few. 


A-Level Government and Politics is a good choice for students considering a career in the professions, or those who simply want to understand how the world works. Politics goes well with Economics, History, Sociology and English.

Many students who have taken the A-Level in Government and Politics can go on to study Politics at university. You could then become a researcher, join local or national government or even start on the path to become a future Prime Minister! However, there are other job options too. If you fancy a career in Journalism or the Media, this course is very useful. Students also go on to become teachers or work in the legal profession.


You will learn about different social structures and increasingly be able to demonstrate political awareness and sensitivity

You will have opportunities to resolve conflicts, negotiate and handle a wide range of complex situations and sources of information