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Politics

Course outline

This course has been designed to encourage interest in and enthusiasm for the study of government and politics, and will enable students to develop an insight into political beliefs central to an understanding of the modern world.

A Level politics will develop your critical thinking skills and enhance your ability to interpret, evaluate and comment on the nature of politics. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the role politics plays in relation to current local, national, and global issues, as well as studying key thinkers and political ideas.

Course content

During Year 12 you will study two components: 

  • UK Politics and Core Political Ideas which covers democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media, liberalism, conservatism and socialism.
  • UK Government and Non-core Political Ideas which covers the constitution, parliament, the Prime Minister and executive, relationships between the branches, nationalism, feminism., anarchism, ecologism, multiculturalism.

During Year 13 you will study a third component: 

  • Comparative politics which covers Government and Politics of the USA

The course also involves:

  • Class debates about contemporary political issues
  • Note taking during mini seminars
  • Independent studying through textbooks and other resources
  • Note taking from texts
  • Weekly knowledge tests
  • Essay writing

Entry requirements

GCSE English grade 5. A passion for the subject and ability to develop reasoned arguments and commitment to developing analytical skills and to write with fluency.

Career / higher education opportunities

A Level politics is excellent for pupils considering careers in professions, or just to simply understand how the world works. Politics goes well with history, sociology and English. Politics also provides you with a broader perspective of the world. 

Course specification

Edexcel A Level