Politics A Level
Have you ever wondered why some countries seem to never change their politics, while others seem to be in a state of constant change? Have you ever wondered why some countries just seem to work while others are in a permanent state of dysfunction and chaos? Have you ever considered why some political ideas are so popular, and others unpopular, or why some political ideas are such a threat to certain countries that laws can be suspended and force used to stop them from spreading?
If you have considered questions like these, or if you are interested in the way political ideas create systems of government, and how these change over time, then Politics is the subject for you. We require students to be highly literate, critical thinkers, with an increasing interest in the wider world. You will read and research extensively to make sure you are informed about the latest developments in global politics, and you will be interested in debating and forming opinions that you can justify.
A-Level Politics provides students with a solid knowledge base with which to study law, politics, history, philosophy (and many others) at degree level or one day work in journalism, local government, or careers in education and research.
3 written exams:, each 2 hours, each 1/3 of the overall result:
Paper 1: UK Politics - Democracy & Participation: political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media; Core Political Ideas: conservatism, liberalism, socialism .
Paper 2: UK Government - UK Constitution: parliament, Prime Minister and executive, relationships between the branches; Non-Core Political Ideas: EITHER anarchism, ecologism, feminism, multiculturalism OR nationalism
Paper 3: Comparative Politics: EITHER USA: US Constitution: federalism, congress, presidency, supreme court, civil rights, democracy & participation, comparative theories; OR Global: sovereignty and federalism, global governance, political & economic, and human rights & environmental, power and developments, regionalism and the EU, comparative theories
Students are expected to have level 6-9 in English and at least one of History or Geography.