The A Level Politics course encourages students to develop a broad range of skills, including: knowledge and an informed understanding of contemporary political structures and issues in their historical context, both within the UK and globally; a critical awareness of the changing nature of politics and the relationships between political ideas, institutions and processes; knowledge and an informed understanding of the influences and interests which have an impact on decisions in government and politics; knowledge and an informed understanding of the rights and responsibilities of individuals and groups; the ability to critically analyse, interpret and evaluate political information to form arguments and make judgements; an interest in, and engagement with, contemporary politics.
The Politics course explores three topic areas; politics in the UK, politics in the USA and political ideas.
In politics in the UK, you will cover a range of structural aspects of British politics, such as the way in which parliament works, as well as practical politics such as the importance of pressure groups.
In politics in the USA, you will cover a range of structural aspects of politics of the USA, such as the power of the president, as well as practical politics such as the importance of pluralism. You will also be required to compare politics in the UK and USA.
In political ideas, you will study five ideologies; liberalism, conservatism, socialism, feminism and nationalism.
You will sit three 2 hour examinations at the end of your two years of study, each being worth 77 marks, and comprising 33% of the A Level.
Paper 1 – Politics of the UK - this paper contains three mandatory short written questions, a mandatory source based question and an extended essay question.
Paper 2 – Politics of the USA - this paper contains three mandatory short written questions, a mandatory source based question and a comparative extended essay question.
Paper 3 – Political Ideas - this paper contains three mandatory short written questions, a mandatory source based question and an extended essay question.
GCSE Level 6 in History, Geography, R.E or English
Sixth Form entry also requires:
• GCSE Level 5 in English and Mathematics
• Four other GCSE’s at Level 5
The A Level in Politics is a well-respected, academic course which prepares you for a wide range of Courses in Higher Education, such as Politics, History, Law, International Relations, Journalism and Marketing. It can lead to careers in a variety of fields such as public service, teaching, civil service and the media.