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Politics A level

What will I study in Politics A level?

Trump. Brexit. Resurgent Nationalism. Whether you support these issues or not, there has never been a better time to study politics. Global politics is manifestly changing and we are all eyewitnesses to the history of tomorrow, so come and book your seat!

During the first two terms of Year 12 we look at British politics. I cannot guarantee who the Prime Minister will be, but I can assure you that the foundations of our political system are as robust as they come; constantly changing to ensure the system remains the same.

In the summer term of Year 12, pupils will study the core political ideas of conservatism, liberalism and socialism. They will also learn about nationalism, a very relevant and resurgent optional idea.

In Year 13, pupils will look into the America of President Trump.

Entry requirements

Pupils wishing to study politics at A level will need a grade 6 or above in an essay based subject such as History, Economics or Geography.

Units of study

  • Paper 1: UK politics. A written examination of 2 hours, looking at: democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour, the media.
  • Paper 2: UK government. A written examination of 2 hours, looking at: the constitution, parliament, the Prime Minister and executive, relationships between the branches.
  • Paper 3: Comparative Politics. A written examination of 2 hours, looking at the Constitution and federalism , congress, the presidency, the Supreme Court, democracy and participation, civil rights.

Assessment

Three exams, each lasting 2 hours.

Where could it lead?

Law, political research, civil servant and public relations.