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Politics

Entry Requirements

English Language and Literature grade 6 and above (History grade 6 and above for those that studied History at GCSE).

 

About This Course

The study of Politics will enable you to develop an interest, passion and most importantly a clear and concise understanding of the way in which governments function and operate in the modern world.

 

Course Content & Assessment

AS Component 1: UK Politics - written examination: 50% of the qualification.

Covering democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems and voting behaviour and the media.

AS Component 2: UK Government - written examination: 50% of the qualification.

Covering the constitution, parliament, Prime Minister & executive, relationships between the branches.

A2 Component 1: UK Politics - written examination: 33% of the qualification.

Political Participation:

democracy and participation

political parties

electoral systems

voting behaviour and the media

Core Political Ideas:

conservatism, liberalism, socialism

Component 2: UK Government - written examination: 33% of the qualification.

UK Government:

the constitution

parliament

Prime Minister and executive

relationships between the branches.

Non-core political ideas, students will study:

one idea from the following: anarchism, ecologism, feminism, multiculturalism, nationalism.

Component 3: Comparative Politics - written examination:  33% of the qualification.

Focusing on USA politics this component investigates the US Constitution and federalism, US Congress, US presidency, US Supreme Court and civil rights, democracy and participation and comparative theories.

 

What could this course lead to?

The wide range of skills developed through the study of Politics, particularly research and analytical skills means that it is a popular subject for higher education and complements many other subjects such as History, the Arts, and Social Sciences.

The career options linked to Politics are wide ranging, most noticeably in local or national government, Law, Teaching, Journalism or Media. 

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