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A Level

Why study this course?

Lively, relevant, controversial… There are many ways to describe A-level Politics. It is one of the most interesting and engaging qualifications you can choose. Covering news and current affairs from the UK and USA, it helps you understand how the UK country is run. It also develops your research, written communication and debate skills. It also helps grow your confidence. It’s ideal if you're considering studying Politics, Sociology, Ethics, Advertising, Law or Journalism at university.

Potential Careers:

Politics A-level is highly regarded by employers in the following industries and employment sectors:

• Politics

• Diplomatic Service

• The Civil Service

• International Organisations

• Local Government

• National Government

• Journalism

• Media

• Teaching/Lecturing

• Law/Legal professions

• Law enforcement

This is a 2-year Linear A level course. Student will sit 3 x 2 hour exam papers, each with equal weighting in the overall result.

Paper 1: Government  & Politics of the UK, including:

• Nature & sources of the British Constitution

• Structure and Role of Parliament

• The Prime Minister & Cabinet

• The Judiciary

• Devolution

• Democracy & participation

• Elections & referendums

• Political parties

• Pressure groups

• The European Union


Paper 2: Government & Politics of the USA:

• Constitutional framework of the US government

• Legislative branch of government: Congress

• The executive branch of government: President

• Judicial branch of government

• Electoral process and direct democracy

• Political parties

• Pressure groups

• Civil Rights

• Comparative politics: Comparative study of the

US and UK systems, following three approaches:

- Structural

- Rational

- Cultural

Paper 3: Political Ideas:

• Core ideologies

- Liberalism

- Conservatism

- Socialism

• Other ideologies:

- Feminism

Staff contact:

Mr B Blakemore or Mr G Burroughs