Course type: A level & Applied • Awarding/exam body: Edexcel
This course aims to provide students with a balanced education in politics. In the first year we explore the nature of politics, how people engage in the political process in the UK and the three traditional political ideologies of conservatism, liberalism and socialism, as well as more modern movements such as feminism. In the second year students study the nature of US democracy, and the debates surrounding it; a crucial topic given the considerable impact that the USA has on UK, European and Global politics. This is an ideal course for anyone interested in current affairs and political ideas.
Year 1: UK Politics, UK Government and Political Ideas (Conservatism, Socialism, Liberalism, Feminism)
Year 2: US Politics
Assessment is 100% examination based at the end of year 13.
A qualification in Politics at A level is valued by universities and employers, since it requires the development of analytical skills and demonstrates the ability to evaluate political, social and economic issues. This course also lays an appropriate foundation for further study of government and politics or related subjects in higher education. A level Politics provides the foundation for anyone wanting to study Law, Politics, Philosophy, History, Journalism (or any other subject) at university. Students with a qualification in Politics at A Level often progress to careers in Law, Management, Journalism or Politics.
To qualify to study 3 A level/ Applied subjects, you will need to achieve 6 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, preferably including English Language or Maths at grade 4 or above.
In addition/ within those 6 GCSEs, for this subject you will need to achieve Grade 5 in English Language.
N.B Applicants with a Grade 4 in English Language and a 5 in other humanities subject will be considered subject to availability
- Go on trips to Parliament and the London Assembly.
- Trip to London School of Economics
- Trip to Royal Courts of Justice
- Workshop with pressure groups
- University speakers and taster sessions
- Debate with local MPs