Politics A-Level

Course Overview

Throughout a Politics A-level course students will gain an understanding of our modern society, through analysis of both our current political situation and structures, and comparison with the rest of the world.

Students will develop the essential skills of analysis, debate and communication whilst gaining understanding on how our society is governed.  Students will learn to interpret, evaluate and comment on the nature of politics and government.

Studying Politics at A-level is the key to understanding British society today!

Component 1: UK Politics

  • Political participation: democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media.

  • Core Political Ideas: conservatism, liberalism, socialism.

  • Two 30 mark questions and one 24 mark question

Component 2: UK Government

  • UK Government: the constitution, parliament, Prime Minister and executive, relationships between the branches.

  • Non-core political ideas, students will study anarchism

  • Two 30 mark questions (one source based) and one 24 mark question

Component 3:  Comparative Politics

  • Global politics: sovereignty and globalisation, global governance: political and economic, global governance: human rights and environmental, power and developments, regionalism and the European Union, comparative theories.

  • Two 12 mark questions and two 30 mark questions

A level Politics is highly regarded amongst universities, where it is valued for courses such as Politics, History, Journalism, Law, International Relations and Economics. Studying A level Politics can lead to career in law, journalism, teaching, the Civil Service and a wide range of others.

Five GCSEs at grades 9-4 including a grade 6 in English and/or History.