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Social Science - Politics

 

DEPARTMENT

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Social Science Politics Mr Boland Edexcel A level

Introduction

There could never be a more interesting time to study Politics.  The general election has produced a surprise result with Theresa May hanging on to power.  The Brexit negotiations are dividing the country.  Across the world ‘populist’ parties are winning power and Donald Trump has not mellowed with office!  Politics is a two year linear A level with examinations at the end of Year 13.

Entry requirements

It is not necessary to have taken any particular GCSE subjects, however, written communication skills are important and at least a 5 (C) grade at GCSE English Language is essential.  The most important requirement is that students should have a genuine interest in Politics.

Course aims

The course aims to give students an introduction to a wide range of aspects of government and politics and to provide a sound basis for students to continue studying the subject at a higher level.  The course allows students to see how the theory regarding government and politics is put into practice in the real world.  Students are encouraged to take an interest in the news and current affairs in order to gain an appreciation of what is happening in the world.

Course content

There are three components in the new A level:

Component 1: UK Politics and Core Political Ideas

This explores the nature of politics and how people engage in the political process in the UK.  It includes the three traditional political ideas of Liberalism, Conservatism and Socialism.

Component 2: UK Government and Optional Political Ideas

This considers how political decisions are made in Britain, looking at Parliament, the Executive and the Judiciary.  One non-core political idea is studied, e.g. Feminism.

Component 3: Comparative Politics

Looks at the Government and Politics of the USA and how the American system of government operates.  Students compare the institutions in the USA with the UK, e.g. Congress and Parliament.

Assessment

There are three externally examined papers at the end of the course for each of the components.  The written examinations are equally weighted and are two hours in duration.  Students are given a choice of questions to answer in each paper.  There is no coursework for Politics.

Progression

The course provides a firm foundation for university studies in Government and Politics and is relevant for studying Law, History and Economics.  A good Politics degree can lead to careers in Law, Government, Journalism and Teaching.  You could even become Prime Minister!   

Exam Board

Edexcel

Contact Name

For further information, please contact Mr Boland – Head of Politics.