This course is designed to give an understanding of politics, government and political ideologies. Students will study key ideas in politics for both the UK and the USA including, political parties, leadership, pressure groups, human rights, the executive, legislative and judicial branches, voting systems and behaviour, democracy and constitutions. Students will also compare different political systems across a range of countries.
Students will develop knowledge of different political issues and institutions, analysing patterns and themes within them. Students will develop strong essay writing, argumentative, source analysis and debating skills throughout the course.
Exam board: Edexcel
Syllabus title: A Level Politics
Course code: 9PL0
Paper 1: UK Politics
Paper 2: UK Government
Paper 3: Comparative Politics (US and UK)
You are assessed on your essay writing, source analysis and argumentative skills. There are three exams all of which are equally weighted in contributing to your final grade. All exams include a combination of source and essay questions and are 2 hours each.
Day trip to London to tour the Houses of Parliament and complete politics workshops in either year 12 or 13. We are hoping to introduce a trip to Washington DC which will run every two years for both Year 12 and 13s.
Politics is a widely respected A Level choice with a variety of transferable skills that prepare students effectively for further study at university or for entering a range of jobs. Politics often leads students into careers including: journalism, law, education, civil service, political activism, working for MPs/political parties, publishing, business, marketing and advertising.