A Level Politics engages students with the core political ideology behind Western democracy: Conservatism, Socialism and Liberalism. They also have the option to study one non-core ideology such as feminism. Students focus on British politics and the British political landscape, including case studies from recent elections. The Global Politics unit allows students to examine the wider political environment with focuses on regionalism and the EU, international organisations such as the UN and international political issues ranging from the global environment to human rights.
Unit 1 UK Politics
• democracy and participation,
• political parties,
• electoral systems,
• voting behaviour and
• the media.
Core Political Ideas:
Unit 2 – UK Government
• the constitution,
• Prime Minister and executive,
• relationships between the branches.
Non-core political ideas - one idea from the following:
Unit 3 Global Comparative Politics
• sovereignty and globalisation,
• global governance: political and economic,
• global governance: human rights and environmental, power and developments,
• regionalism and the European Union,
• comparative theories.
A Level Politics examination will take place at the end of Year 13.
Unit 1 = 33% of the A Level Course assessed in a 2hr examination
Unit 2 = 33% of the A Level Course assessed in a 2hr examination
Unit 3 = 33% of the A Level Course assess in a 2hr examination
Level 4(minimum) in English, and a Level 4 in a Humanities subject (History, RE, Geography)
Politics offers many exciting routes for future career paths including: politics, journalism, education, law, public and civil service. Politics shows an employer or university that you have key literacy skills, can study independently and can debate and analyse arguments and create your own judgements.