Politics A Level
What will I learn?
Unit 1 Government and Politics of the UK:
- Key features of UK politics such as voting behaviour, the electoral system, pressure groups and political parties
- Key features of UK government, such as the role of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, powers of Parliament, the role of senior judges
Unit 2 The Government and Politics of the USA:
- Key features of US politics such as voting behaviour, the electoral system, pressure groups and political parties
- Key features of US government, such as the powers of the President, the roles of the Supreme Court and Congress, the importance of the US Constitution
Unit 3 Political Ideas:
- Key political ideas such as conservatism, socialism, nationalism, multiculturalism, anarchism, and feminism
5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English grade 5 or above. You should also have an interest in the government, politics and current affairs and some background knowledge about British politics will be helpful.
GCSE average points score of 4.9 or above.
How long will it take to qualify?
How will I be assessed?
Unit 1 2-hour written exam. A Level weighting 33%
Unit 2 2-hour written exam. A Level weighting 33%
Unit 3 2-hour written exam. A Level weighting 33%
All assessment is by external examination. There is no coursework.
Additional Learning Opportunities
You may like to join the Law Society or Sociology Society. Politics students are also given access to politicians who visit the college and in the past have taken part in press and television reports about political issues.
Who is this course aimed at?
Politics is attractive to students who:
- are curious to find out about politics and current events in the news
- like to use up-to-date information from news sources, for example, internet/TV
- want to start an entirely new subject that they haven’t studied before
- want to broaden a study package beyond science, humanities etc.
- need to support related courses such as Law or History
Many students choose to move onto degree courses or take employment in areas including local government, public relations, national politics, journalism, law and teaching.
- A Level
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