Politics A Level
What will I learn?
Unit 1 UK Politics:
- Democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media.
- Core Political Ideas: conservatism, liberalism, socialism.
Unit 2 UK Government:
- The constitution, parliament, prime minister and executive, relationships between the branches.
- One idea from the following; anarchism, ecologism, feminism, multiculturalism, nationalism.
Unit 3 Comparative Politics – the USA:
- The US Constitution and federalism, US congress, US presidency, US supreme court and civil rights, democracy and participation, comparative theories.
5 GCSEs at grade C/5 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 (old) Points Average above 5.5.
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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