Exam Board: Edexcel

  • Politicians have a huge power over us but how much power do we have over politicians?
  • How democratic is the UK?
  • Are there more differences within the Labour and Conservative Parties than between them?
  • Have British Prime Ministers become presidential?
  • What is Liberalism?

 

Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Maths and English Language.

 

Is this course for me?

  • You must take an active interest in politics, political issues and processes.
    You enjoy debate and discussion.
    You want to start to understand how political processes work and then begin to make your own informed decisions on political issues.
    You want to study a subject that is dynamic and contemporary.
    You want to develop your writing skills, ability to develop a reasoned argument and consider different viewpoints.

 

Where does it lead?

Studying Politics will develop critical analytical skills and writing abilities and as such is very well respected by Universities as a rigorous subject. It is useful if you wish to study History or any 
Social Science, such as Economics or Business at University. It is particularly useful for those interested in careers in Law, Journalism and, of course, Politics. Some students may wish to go on to study Politics in Higher Education. This will allow you to seek employment in a range of politically-related environments including the civil service, local government, the European Commission, working with an MP or MEP, in the headquarters of one the leading political parties, pressure groups and think tanks. Even if you choose another subject, Politics allows you to acquire a range of key skills and attributes that will be highly prized by employers in management, marketing, public relations, retail, accountancy and banking.

 

What will I learn?

Year 1

UK Politics

This unit covers four key themes: Democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems and voting behaviour and the media. It also includes a section on  Core Political Ideas: Conservatism, Liberalism and Socialism.

UK Government

This unit covers four key themes: The constitution, parliament, Prime Minister and executive and relationships between branches. It also includes a section on non-core political ideas, focusing on anarchism.

Year 2

Comparative Politics

In this component you will study the Politics of the USA: the US Constitution and federalism, US Congress, US presidency, US Supreme Court and civil rights, democracy and participation, and will compare these features with the UK system..

 

How will I be assessed?

There will be three examinations, one for each component. Each examination is 2 hours and worth one-third of the qualification.

 

What activities can I get involved in?

You will have opportunities to expand your learning beyond the classroom by taking part in a number of trips during the course. Visits include trips to the Houses of Parliament and to an A Level conference in London as well as talks, for example,the Roscoe Lecture Series in Liverpool. Our students have also appeared as audience members on BBC’s Question Time, Sky News and on Radio 5 Live. The History/Politics Department also organises the College debate club which is a thriving extra-curricular club, as well as public speaking competitions such as the Rotary Club Youth Speaks competition.

 

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