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Politics

A level

In modern times global politics has become a key part of our everyday lives. Filtering into all aspects of life, from schools to international conflicts, politics is about the art of wielding power, of managing conflict and of offering compromise.

A key part of politics is the exchange of ideas about the nature of humankind and how society should be organised. You will be given the opportunity for regular discussion, drawing on your opinions, research and recent political events; to see and hear prominent politicians and listen to guest speakers such as pressure groups representatives, local MPs and councillors.

Our Politics A level will enable you to study a wide range of degrees including law, journalism, international relations, global studies, conflict resolution and public policy, as well as secure a place on competition apprenticeships with the civil services, local and global charities and local and international businesses.

Course Content

Politics is about power and conflict and explores issues ranging from the
provision of local sporting facilities to the decision to go to war. You will be encouraged to see and hear prominent politicians at special conferences and listen to guest speakers, such as pressure group representatives, local MPs and councillors.

You will spend time discovering how political participation through voting, political parties and pressure groups can lead to political change; building on this you will study the workings of key political institutions such as Parliament, government, the prime minister and the judiciary.

You will focus on the nature of democracy, political participation through voting, political parties, pressure groups and the media to assess how these can lead to political change. You will also study the core ideologies of Conservatism, Liberalism and Socialism.

In the second year you will focus on studying Nationalism and the government and politics of the United States of America with a focus on a comparison with the UK. You will look at comparing Presidents and Prime Ministers, Congress and Parliament as well as how rights have developed in both countries including race relations. Comparative studies will allow you to look at the nature and strength of democracy in both the USA and the UK as well as how well civil rights are protected and the extent to which both governments can be held accountable for their actions to the people they represent.


Assessment

  • 100% Exam
  • Exam Board: Edexcel

Special Features

There is a wide range of extra activities during the course:

  • Political Ideologies trip to Barcelona;
  • a visit to the Houses of Parliament and other political institutions in London;
  • debating competitions;
  • political conferences;
  • viewing political films at the Arts Picturehouse in Cambridge;
  • visiting political speakers including John Bercow

It is intended to organize a study visit to Washington DC to enrich the study of government and politics of the USA.

Entry Requirements

  • At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4, including GCSE Maths.
  • Grade 5 in GCSE English.

Please note; you may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2021/2022 course costs. 

After Long Road

The study of Politics at this level gives you access to a wide range of possible career or higher education opportunities including the Civil Service,  business, law, journalism, economics, media and philosophy.

Some of the degrees being taken students who recently completed their studies are…

  • Politics and International  Relations at Exeter,
  • Politics and Sociology at Leeds,
  • Politics at Swansea,
  • Political Studies at Aberystwyth,
  • Politics at Huddersfield,
  • History and Politics at Sheffield.
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