In the first year you will learn about how, and whether, democracy works in the UK and EU. The initial focus is on elections, electoral systems and voting behaviour, and on political parties and pressure groups. We then explore how the state functions on our behalf, learning about how our representatives work in parliaments and governments, as well as about the impact of constitutions, the judiciary and our membership of the EU. In the second year we reflect on how this is all done in the USA, before comparing it to the UK.
Trips: it is clearly essential that a truly living topic like Politics is witnessed firsthand. The London study visit takes Politics students to the Supreme Court and the Houses of Parliament. Opportunities to meet MPs, Councillors and Lords are also arranged.
Exams: this course is examined by an AS exam at the end of the first year and then an A level exam at the end of the second year. The grade for the A Level is a combination of the two.
5 Bs, including English Language, and a C in Maths
Where does it take you? By developing the skills of critical analysis, sustained argument, independent research and essay writing, Politics is an excellent foundation for many degrees. Likewise numerous careers can follow – journalism, law, campaigning, social work, education, humanitarian work and of course politics itself.
In twenty years time you could be entering No. 10 Downing Street!
Tutor: Tim Montgomery, Teacher of Government and Politics,
Politics A-Level trains students in the art of essay writing and develops the ability to construct a sustained and original argument as well as providing an excellent insight into a crucial aspect of everyday life. The overwhelming majority of university courses emphasise independent research, essay writing and sustained argument as key skills for success. Studying Politics is not a pre-requisite for any university course but would provide very good grounding for degrees in combined social sciences such as ’Philosophy, Politics and Economics’, as well as politics itself, law, history, economics, psychology, sociology, philosophy or classics.