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Politics (A Level)

This is a fascinating and highly relevant course which deals with issues which affect everyone.

The first year focuses on British politics and the second year focuses on American politics and Political Ideologies. You are not expected to have any prior knowledge, but an interest in current affairs is essential.

During Year 12 there will be a residential trip to London which will include a visit to the Houses of Parliament.

Future Opportunities

Politics A Level is accepted on a very wide range of degree courses. It develops the skills of enquiry and analysis as well as the ability to debate an issue and construct a balanced argument. These skills provide an excellent foundation for degree level study across a variety of subjects. Politics is a
good preparation for a wide range of careers, for example; teaching, banking, personnel work, civil service, public affairs and administration and management.

What are the entry requirements?

Five or more GCSEs Grade 9 - 4 or equivalent, including a 5 in English.

What will I study?

Areas of study include:

  • Parliament - is it just a lot of shouting?
  • Prime Minister and Cabinet - who runs the country?
  • Elections - do they really change anything?
  • Constitutional Reform - does the system need changing?
  • Europe - do we need it?
  • Political parties - what do they believe in?
  • Democracy - is it important?
  • The United Kingdom - how united is it?
  • Is Socialism the cure to social inequality?
  • Does Conservative allow the best and brightest to succeed.
How will I be assessed?

You will sit three exams at the end of the second year.