A Level Politics
Head of Department: Mr A. W. Weston
Examination Board: Edexcel
Specification Code: 9GP01
Course Requirements: GCSE History, English or Religious Studies grade 6 or B
A level Politics is for those who are interested in power and how it has an impact on our daily lives. An interest is needed, but no previous knowledge of politics is required. During the course we visit the Houses of Parliament, and often enter various competitions and contests to promote political knowledge and understanding.
Component 1: UK Politics. Students will study a range of themes relating to political participation: democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media. We will also look at the core political ideas of conservatism, liberalism and socialism.
Component 2: UK Government. Students will study the constitution, parliament, Prime Minister and executive, relationships between the branches. We will also cover one political ideology from a range including anarchism, ecologism, feminism, multiculturalism and nationalism.
Component 3: Comparative Politics. We study comparative Global Politics. Students will study sovereignty and globalisation; global governance (political, economic, human rights and environmental); power and developments, regionalism and the European Union and comparative theories.
The course is entirely exam-based with no coursework. Each component is worth 33.3% of the overall mark.
Who Should Study Government and Politics?
Politics A level gives students the intellectual tools and framework to critique and question their own society, as well as an added insight into the motivation driving the political figures of their time.
Any student with an interest in these areas should at least consider Politics. It complements subjects such as History, Economics, Business Studies, Geography and English. Politics students will develop skills of analysis and interpretation as well as improving their ability to present a coherent argument in debate and on paper. These skills will prove vital to careers in law, public relations, journalism, teaching, business, and – of course – politics!