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A level

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 have the opportunity for lots of discussion drawing on your opinions, research and recent political events. You will visit key political institutions such as Parliament. 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.

Course content

  1. UK Politics and Government 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 how the key elements of government work such as Parliament, Government, the Prime Minister and the judiciary. 2
  2. Political Ideas A key part of politics is the exchange of ideas about the nature of humankind and how society should be organised. You will study core ideologies of conservatism, liberalism and socialism. You will also look examine one other non-core ideology, feminism.
  3. Global Politics
    You will study Global Politics which examine the interactions of countries as they deal with issues of globalisation, human rights and environmental issues and looking at how international organisations such as the UN and EU play an increasingly important role in international politics.

Is it for me?

You will enjoy and benefit from Politics if you:

  • are interested in current affairs and the way our country is run;
  • would like the opportunity to see the political system in action as well as studying underlying theories;
  • are keen to debate the issues and question participants in the political system;
  • want to become more effective at expressing arguments verbally and in writing.

Special features

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

  • Political Ideologies trip to Barcelona
  • 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 speakers
  • We were visited by John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, in 2017..

Entry requirements

At least 7 Grade 4s at GCSE in a range of subjects including Maths and English. A Grade 4 or equivalent is required in Politics if taken at GCSE level.

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