Course Overview

This course is ideal for learners who are interested in current affairs, the political system and how this affects our everyday lives. As part of this course the student will debate, immerse in current affairs and learn about the world around them.

You could complement your studies with our extended opportunities programme, including work experience or our Debating society. As part of our Virtual Work Experience Hub that started September 2020, we have had a range of exciting guest speakers including a workshop on Parliament Education Service with Gillian Bell and a Q&A with Holly Mumby-Croft; our local MP.

The Humanities department will also be running a trip in October 2022 to Russia, visiting Moscow and St Petersburg.

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Who is this course aimed at?

This course is aimed at students who:

  • Have an interest in the government, politics and current affairs
  • Have an interest in using up to date information from news sources
  • Would like to learn a new subject
  • Would like to study Politics at university or further themselves in this field in employment

What will you learn?

This course is assessed by exams. The Units are:

  • UK Politics: Democracy and participation, politics parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media will all be explored alongside core political ideas.
  • UK Government: The constitution, parliament, Prime Minister and relationships between the branches will be studies in this unit.
  • Comparative Politics, USA: The US Constitution and federalism, US congress, US presidency, US supreme court and civil rights, democracy and participation, comparative theories.

What skills will you develop?

Skills students will develop on this course include:

  • Knowledge 
  • Application 
  • Analysis  
  • Evaluation 
  • Communication 
  • Exam technique 
  • Technical Language
  • Self Confidence 
  • Practice 
  • Time Management
  • Creativity and Problem Solving
  • Oracy
  • Focus
  • Responsibility
  • Attitude

Progression Routes

There are a variety of different progression routes you can follow with this course. This can include different pathways to achieve numerous careers through Higher Education, Apprenticeships or directly into Employment. Here are some progression routes:

  • Politics
  • Politician
  • Political Science
  • International Relations
  • American Studies
  • Economics
  • Law

A Level

Course Leader:
Ivan Tomb

Course Length:
Two Years

Entry Requirements:
GCSE Grade 5 in English with an average points score of 4.9 or above.

How is the course assessed:
This course is assessed by exams.