A level Politics develops knowledge and understanding of power structures in the UK and core and non-core political ideas, in the UK and abroad.

Overview

Students are encouraged to use critical thinking to interpret, evaluate and debate the nature of politics and explore differences in other political systems.


Board: Edexcel
 

This subject is best suited to students who have an interest in politics and current affairs and read extensively to broaden their knowledge.

Course Structure

Teaching begins in September (January for 18 month courses) In the first year you will cover the following topics:

UK Politics
  • Democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media
UK Government
  • The Constitution, Parliament, Prime Minister and executive, relationships between the branches

Students may take the AS exam at the end of the first year. The second year then builds on this foundation for the completion of the full A level.

 

In the second year you will focus on the following topics:

UK Politics
  • Political Participation: democracy and participation; political parties; electoral systems; voting behaviour and the media
  • Core Political Ideas: conservatism; liberalism; socialism
UK Government
  • The Constitution, Parliament, Prime Minister and executive, relationships between the branches
  • Non-core Political Ideas: choose one from anarchism, ecologism, feminism, multiculturalism, nationalism
Comparative Politics
  • USA: the US Constitution and federalism; US Congress; US presidency; US Supreme Court and civil rights; democracy and participation; comparative theories
  • Global: sovereignty and globalisation; global governance; political and economic, global governance; human rights and environmental, power and development; regionalism and the European Union; comparative theories

Exam Structure

AS Exam Format

Component 1 Component  2
UK Politics
1 hour and 15 minutes
UK Government
1 hour and 45 minutes
 

A2 Exam Format

Component 1 Component 2 Component 3
UK Politics
2 hours
UK Government
2 hours
Comparative Politics
2 hours

Politics One-Year A level

We follow the Edexcel legacy syllabus for resit candidates.

 

Programme Requirements

Students do not need prior qualification in this subject but an interest in politics and a good level of English are required.

Related Further Study and Careers

A Level Politics prepares students well for a wide range of social science and humanities courses at university. It is a useful A level for students who are intending to read politics or a related subject at tertiary level. It can be good preparation for degree courses such as International Relations, Law and PPE.


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