Politics A Level
About this course
Do you have an enquiring mind, an interest in current affairs and want to study a challenging and contemporary subject? Then A Level Politics is for you!
Whether you are a budding politician or just interested in finding out who makes the decisions which affect our lives on a daily basis, studying A Level Politics will equip you with the necessary knowledge and understanding to make sense of the world of politics.
What will I learn?
- UK Politics and UK Government
- These components looks at the core institutions, ideas and concepts of UK government and politics. You look at a range of topics relating to UK government such as the UK constitution, Parliament, Prime Minister and the relationship between the branches including looking at the UK Supreme Court and the EU. You also look at the topics relating to UK politics such as UK democracy and participation, elections, political parties, voting behaviour and the media.
- Comparative Politics (Politics of the USA)
- This module looks at the core institutions, ideas and concepts of US Government and Politics You will look at 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. You will also be expected to draw comparisons between UK and US political systems.
- Core political Ideas
- Alongside UK and US politics, at A level 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 short answer questions, source questions and essay style questions.
What do I need?
You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs with 2 at Grade B/6 and 3 at Grade C/4.
Additional Requirements: Grade 5 in English and Grade C/4 in a Humanities subject is preferred
It is essential that you have an interest in politics and current affairs.
Where can it take me?
- Halesowen College - an exciting range of higher level courses, including Teaching and Social Science Foundation Degree
- University - related degree, such as Politics, International Relations, History, Philosophy, Sociology, Journalism, Law and Teaching
You may have the opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament, The UK Supreme Court or the Welsh Assembly. Politics students may also get the opportunity to visit Washington DC.