To study Politics successfully students will need an active interest in politics in the EU, the UK and also an interest in the government of the USA.
Component one: UK Politics
In this component students will study democracy and participation, electoral systems, voting behaviour, the media and liberalism, conservatism and socialism.
Component two: UK Government
Students study the constitution, Parliament, Prime Minister and executive, relationships between government branches, the EU and nationalism.
Component three: The Politics of the USA
In this component the students will study the US constitution and federalism, US congress, US presidency, US supreme court and civil rights, democracy and participation and comparative theories
One written paper in each component.
A grade 6 or above in English Language or English Literature.
Progression Routes and Careers
A Level Politics is a qualification highly prized in many careers, not just for the knowledge gained, but also for the skills of analysis and argument which are developed. Areas which place a particular emphasis on qualifications in government and politics are law, the Civil Service, local and national government, the armed forces, teaching, journalism, communications, advertising and public relations.