This unit has two elements. Section A: Political Participation which will examine democracy and participation; political parties; electoral systems; voting behaviour and the media and Section B: Core Political Ideas of conservatism, liberalism and socialism.
This unit has two elements. Section A: UK Government which will examine the UK Constitution; Parliament; the Prime Minister and Executive including case studies of 2 administrations ( one pre 1997 and one post 1997) and Section B: Non-core Political Ideas, where one of the following will be studied: anarchism; ecologism, feminism; multiculturalism; nationalism.
This unit will study The US Constitution and federalism; US Congress; US Presidency; US Supreme Court and civil rights; democracy and participation and compare the US systems with that of the United Kingdom.
All papers will require balanced knowledgeable debate using critical thinking skills of analysis and evaluation.
UK Politics – 33% of the qualification. Written examination 2 hours consisting of 1 source based essay and 2 essays.
UK Government – 33% of the qualification. Written examination 2 hours consisting of 1 source based essay and 2 essays.
Comparative Politics, USA – 33% of the qualification. Written examination 2 hours consisting of 2 short questions comparing UK with the US political systems and 2 essays comparing role of different US political structures.
Maths and English Grade 5 or History and English Grade 5
Politics A Level can lead to a variety of careers such as:
- Political Research/Analyst