Politics - A Level - Year 1

Do you have an enquiring mind, an interest in current affairs and want to study a challenging and contemporary subject? Yes? Then A Level Politics is for you!

During the course, you will study:

UK Politics and UK Government – you will look at the core institutions, ideas and concepts of UK Government and Politics as well as a range of topics relating to UK government such as the UK constitution, Parliament, Prime Minister and the relationship between the branches. You will also look at topics relating to UK politics such as UK democracy and participation, elections, political parties, voting behaviour and the role media plays in UK politics.

Comparative Politics (Politics of the USA) – this module covers the core institutions, ideas and concepts of US Government and Politics. You will study topics including The US Constitution and Federalism, US Congress, US Presidency, The US Supreme Court and civil rights, democracy and participation and comparative theories. You will be required to look at the interrelationships between the different branches of government and draw comparisons between UK and US political systems.

Core Political Ideas – as well as UK and US politics, you will also look at core political ideas, concepts and thinkers. You will study 3 core ideologies: - Socialism, Liberalism and Conservatism. You will also study one additional non-core political idea from a choice of Nationalism, Feminism, Anarchism, Ecologism or Multiculturalism. You will also have to look at core thinkers for each ideology.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed by written exams. All units are examined with a combination of questions short answer, source and essay style questions.

What do I need?

You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs – 2 at Grade 6 including a Humanities subject and 3 at Grade 5 including English

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - an exciting range of higher level courses, including the Social Science Foundation Degree.
  • University - related degrees including Politics, International Relations, History, Philosophy, Sociology, Journalism, Law and Teaching.
  • Careers - This course is ideal if you have an interest in a career in Journalism, Law, Media, Teaching, the Armed Services and many more.

Additional information

You may have the opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament and The UK Supreme Court. Politics students may also get the opportunity to visit Washington DC.

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