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Why study Politics?

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Why did the UK vote for Brexit? How can we explain Trump-mania? Why are some groups more powerful than others? Is it true that when America sneezes, the world catches a cold? From AV to WMD, the study of Politics at A Level will allow you to consider and develop your ideas on these issues at a national and international level. The subject involves discussion and debate, with students encouraged to relate the theories they learn to contemporary national and global developments.

Course content/Outline:

Components (subject to change)

Component 1: UK Politics and Core Political Ideas
(Written examination: 2 hours, one third of overall mark)

  • Democracy and Participation
  • Political Parties
  • Elections
  • Voting behaviour and the media
  • Liberalism, Socialism and Conservatism

Component 2: UK Government and Feminism
(Written examination: 2 hours, one third of overall mark)

  • The Constitution
  • Parliament
  • Prime Minister and Executive
  • Relations between branches – including the Supreme Court and the EU
  • Feminism

Component 3: Comparative Politics: Global Politics
(Written examination: 2 hours, one third of overall mark)

  • The state and globalisation
  • Political and economic global governance
  • Human Rights
  • Environment
  • Power and development
  • Regionalism and the EU
  • Theories of global politics

What career opportunities are there?

Politics is a very versatile academic discipline. Successful students can go on to work in the diplomatic service, civil service, government or in a range of other professions such as Law, Management, The Arts, Media, Journalism and Education.

Syllabus: Politics
Examination Board: Edexcel
More information: Mr P Diaz