The A Level Politics course offers students the opportunity to study both British and American Politics.
In the first year students study British politics. Unit 1 (People and Politics) examines the role of pressure groups, political parties, elections and examines the extent to which the UK is a democratic society. Unit 2 (Governing the UK) examines the role of key institutions such as Parliament, the prime minister & cabinet, the judiciary and the UK’s constitution.
In the second year students study American politics,covering similar topics. Unit 3 (Representative Processes in the USA) examines presidential and congressional elections, parties and pressure groups and the impact of racial and ethnic diversity on US politics. Unit 4 (Governing the USA),examines the role of key institutions including the Presidency, Congress, the Supreme Court and the US Constitution.
Subjects that link particularly well with this course are History, Ancient History, Critical Thinking, English, Economics, Law, Philosophy…in fact Politics can complement a wide range of other courses. It also goes particularly well with the Debating and Public Speaking enrichment option. To be successful in this course students should feel relatively confident in their ability to read, assimilate new information, and complete extended pieces of writing.
Students who are successful at AS level may wish to complete an additional year to achieve the A level qualification, from which higher study perhaps at degree level in this or a related area is a possibility. As part of a wider programme the course provides an excellent basis for progression to a wide range of careers and/or university courses.