POLITICS

LEVEL: A LEVEL
EXAMINING BOARD: AQA
TYPE OF STUDY: FULL-TIME, SIXTH FORM

This course is aimed at students who have a keen interest in current affairs, with the course focusing largely on the current politics in both the UK and USA. With the political landscape constantly changing and developments being discussed on a regular basis, it is a fast moving subject with plenty of opportunity for debate!

You are given opportunities to visit Parliament, getting to see a parliamentary debate first hand. You will also have the opportunity to visit Washington DC a trip that happens biennially.

Throughout the course you will develop a critical awareness of the nature of politics. You will also understand the structure of authority and power within the political system of the UK and the USA.

It is an essay based subject and would suit those who enjoyed English and History at GCSE. It complements other humanities subjects such as History, Law, Sociology or Geography. 

On completion of this course most students progress onto humanities-based degrees at university. Careers opportunities include:

  • Civil Service
  • Local Government
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Teaching

On this course you study the following modules: 

  • Module 1 British Politics – The focus is on British government and politics, covering topics such as; political parties, parliament and voting behaviour.
  • Module 2 Politics of the USA (as a comparison with the UK) – Focusing on US government and politics, you will cover US elections, political parties, pressure groups and power of the US Congress and Executive.
  • Module 3 Political ideas – The final module focuses on political ideologies e.g. Socialism, Conservation and Liberalism.

 

Do I need knowledge of politics before I start?

Not really, although we would expect you to have an interest in current affairs and follow the news. Most students develop their knowledge through the teaching and class debate.

What can I do with Politics?

There are many careers in local, regional and national government. It is an excellent preparation for most careers. There are many university courses including the highly prestigious Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) degree offered at top UK universities.

Standard College entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Maths and English Language or Literature.