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Government & Politics


Mrs P. O’Hare (Head of Department)

Post 16

Government and Politics is a literary and discursive subject. It is lively, interesting and very topical. It involves building up knowledge of current affairs and keeping up to date with contemporary political developments world-wide.

Students of ‘A’ level Government and Politics become well informed on the factors which influence “the decision makers”, and about what is going on in the world around them. Through their study of this subject, Politics students are given the opportunity to read, argue, write essays, weigh up evidence, debate, analyse documents, and watch and understand the news and other political programmes. Successful Politics students are those who work hard at and enjoy developing their skills and knowledge in these areas.

Government and Politics complements other ‘A’ level subjects such as History, English, Sociology, Geography, Business Studies, R.E and languages.


We follow the Northern Ireland CCEA specification for Government and Politics.  The course is divided into four modules.


At the end of Year 13 students sit external examinations for their two AS modules. They are as follows:


  1. The Government and Politics of Northern Ireland

  2. The British Political Process


Students proceeding to A2 Level will sit examinations in two further modules:


  1. Comparative Study – The United Kingdom & the USA

  2. Political Power


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Government and Politics is a particularly useful subject for students considering careers in law, journalism, teaching, research, the media, the civil service, or local and central government. However, the skills and interests that students develop through their study of Politics are attractive to a range of employers and university admissions tutors across a number of disciplines.

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