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Politics

Politics at A-Level will give students an insight into fascinating world of power and how it is wielded. The study of Politics is concerned with understanding where power lies in society and it will enable students to better understand the world that we live in. In their first year of study students will acquire an understanding of how Britain is governed, studying the nature of democracy and the relationship between the government and the people. Students will also gain an understanding of the major governmental processes and institutions of the UK.

We now live in an increasingly globalised world and that is reflected in our second year of study. Students will study global political structures, considering global governance and the changing world order. Students will also study global political issues, including human rights and the environment. Naturally, any understanding of politics is underpinned by the study of ideologies and as such students will study the three core political ideas of conservatism, socialism and liberalism as well as studying nationalism, a political idea that has increasing relevance on our world today.

The study of politics will equip students with knowledge that is relevant to the world that they live in as well as the ability to think critically, evaluate information and communicate their ideas effectively.


Exam board: Edexcel*

Essential Entry Requirements: Standard Sixth Form requirements

Preferred Entry Requirements: GCSE grade 6 in History or Geography, or grade 6 in English, but we will consider students with grade 5 in English if their other subjects are sufficiently strong.

Pre-Course Material: This is available here.

Please note that the Edexcel specification for 2017 has recently been released and is still subject to Ofqual accreditation. As such, the above information is subject to change.


 

Year 1

Component 1: UK Politics

Students will study democracy, political participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting and the media.

Students will also study the core political ideas of conservatism, liberalism and socialism

Component 2: UK Government

Students will study the constitution, parliament, the role of the Prime Minister and the executive as well as the relationship between government institutions

Students will also study nationalism

Year 2

Component 3: Global Politics

Students will study sovereignty and globalisation, political and economic global governance, human rights, the environment, regionalism and the European Union. Furthermore they will study the comparative theories through which global politics is understood.

Assessment

Component 1: UK Politics - 1 x 2hr exam (33.3%)

Component 2: UK Government - 1 x 2hr exam (33.3%)

Component 3: Global Politics 1 x 2hr exam (33.3%)

Additional Costs

There are no compulsory additional costs associated with politics. However there are optional costs as follows:

-          It would be highly advantageous to buy the course textbook. This costs £35 but does cover the full two-year course.

-          A subscription to Politics Review magazine is beneficial at a cost of £24 per year

-          A visit to a place of political interest is offered each year.