Course content

A Level Politics gives you an understanding of the workings of the British political system, an in-depth analysis of political ideologies and global politics including international relations. You will explore the extent to which governance in the UK is democratic, what is freedom, how is it best promoted and protected and question whether or not we even need a government at all.

You will look why should we be governed, what is democracy and how close does the UK political system come to meeting this ideal. These are some of the concepts we will discuss that will enable you to develop an in-depth understanding of British politics. We will explore the political ideas associated with liberalism, conservatism, and socialism and the extent to which these can be found within the parties competing for our votes. In year two we focus on the politics of the United States of America covering the same related content as year one.

Topics covered can include:

UK Politics

  • Democracy and participation
  • Political parties
  • Electoral systems
  • Voting behaviour and the media
  • Conservatism, liberalism, socialism

UK Government

  • The constitution
  • Parliament
  • Prime Minister and executive
  • Relationships between the branches
  • Anarchism, ecologism, feminism, multiculturalism, nationalism

Comparative Politics

  • Sovereignty and globalisation
  • Global governance: political and economic
  • Global governance: human rights and environmental
  • Power and developments
  • Regionalism and the European Union

US Government

  • The US Constitution
  • The US Congress
  • The US Presidency
  • The US Supreme Court

US Politics

  • Elections
  • Political Parties
  • US pressure and advocacy groups

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

Many of our students go on to study History, Politics, Law or International Relations at degree level. Politics also combines well with maths and science subjects to create an attractive portfolio of qualifications enabling students to move on to a range of university courses. It also provides an excellent foundation for a number of popular careers including, politics, journalism, law and business.

How will I learn?

Politics is predominantly a classroom-based subject. You learn about politics and governance through reading, watching clips and documentaries and studying both primary and secondary sources. Students then learn to form and structure arguments within written essays to prepare thoroughly for exams at the end of the course.

How will I be assessed?

At the end of year 13 you will take three separate examinations which will account for 100% of the total A level course.

How much time should I be expected to spend on assignments, projects, field trips etc.?

We expect you to spend at least 5 hours per week studying politics outside the classroom and preparing for lessons.

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Expected prior knowledge

To study Politics at A level you must have genuine passion for the subject as well as an interest in the way that our democracy has developed over time. You should enjoy investigation, discovery and debating various issues. A desire to learn how to analyse evidence in order to make up your own mind is also crucial.

First Day of Trinity Term is Monday 15th of April 2024

Please note that that all students in all year groups return for the start of the new Trinity Term on Monday 15th of April 2024.

The start time is 8.45am as usual.