Do you have an interest in contemporary politics? Do you want to understand how the US electoral system works? Do you want to learn about the forces that contributed to the recent UK election result? If so, Politics is the course for you.
Politics looks at the working of the political system in the UK and the USA and investigates the underlying structures of government, the ideologies that underpin it, and the interaction of people with the political process. The party systems of the UK and USA are assessed, alongside the voting systems. The emphasis is on contemporary politics, so information is constantly being updated and views changed.
What is Politics?
The Politics course looks at the UK political system, including the role of Parliament, the Prime Minister, local government, parties, electoral systems and their development, and political participation. Political ideologies are explored, from socialism to conservatism, liberalism to feminism. Students will also conduct case studies of three UK general elections. When studying the USA, students will examine the role of Congress, Senate, the President, and the Supreme Court alongside the impact of federalism on the US constitution. US political parties are also studied.
How is it studied?
Edexcel A-Level Politics is taught within the two-year, five-term and one year programmes.
Students use a variety of materials to explore the political systems and realities of the UK and the USA. A fundamental understanding of the constitutions of both countries is developed and this is used to explore historical and contemporary issues that influenced those systems and the politics of each country. Students also explore the development of feminism in politics. Though a mixture of textbooks, contemporary articles, newspapers, documentaries and news reports, students build their knowledge of events and political developments. Students are taught how to write analytical essays, how to structure answers, and how to respond to a variety of sources and interpretations.
AQA and OCR A-Level Politics are available as one year and two-term retake programmes.
How is A-Level Politics assessed?
|1||UK Politics||33%||External Exam: 2 hours|
|2||UK Government||33%||External Exam: 2 hours|
|3||USA Politics||33%||External Exam: 2 hours|
Exam Board: Edexcel
What do I need?
There is no need to have studied politics previously, but students need to have an interest in UK and US politics and to be interested in political ideologies. An enthusiasm for current affairs is an enormous help, as students are expected to have a good understanding of the key political issues affecting the UK and USA.
What should I study with Politics?
Politics complements a broad variety of subjects in the social sciences, humanities and arts. However, popular combinations include:
Philosophy, Politics, Economics
History, Politics, Economics
Sociology, Politics, Economics
Mathematics, Economics, Politics
Geography, History, Politics
What can I do with A-Level Politics?
Many students go on to study Politics at university, either on its own or in combination with other subjects such as Philosophy and Economics. The subject also supports a broad range of applications, as an understanding of the contemporary world open up many other options at university.
Questions about the course
Is it possible to study Politics in one year?
As an A-level retake student, yes.
If you sat OCR A-Level Government & Politics in the summer of 2018 the summer of 2019 provides you with the final opportunity to retake the OCR specification’s examinations. Do note that OCR has decided to discontinue A-Level Government & Politics and will not offer this subject at all after the summer of 2019.
If you sat Edexcel or AQA A-Level Government & Politics in the summer of 2018 the summer of 2019 provides you with the final opportunity to retake these specifications’ examinations.