What does democracy really mean? How powerful are prime ministers? How do different political ideas relate to the big issues of today? How does our political system compare to that of the United States? How much power does the President of the United States actually have?
We don’t always like politicians and the things that governments do but the business of politics touches every aspect of our lives.
This course will appeal to students who:
- Have a lively and enquiring mind
- Have a desire to explore new ideas
- Would enjoy debating current affairs and politics
- Want to develop a range of key skills including; analysis, comprehension, evaluation, synthesis, communication.
Politics combines well with A level history, geography, sociology, psychology, economics amongst others. It is seen as a useful grounding for a wide range of potential degree courses and careers for example in the professions, civil service, journalism, teaching, the media.
Method of assessment
Three exam papers, each 2 hours in duration.
Topic areas covered
Year 12: How people vote and engage in politics-democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media.
How the UK is governed-the constitution, parliament, role of the Prime Minister and the executive.
Year 13: Core political ideas-liberalism, socialism, Conservatism
A non core idea e.g nationalism.
Comparative politics – The United States constitution, presidency, democracy and participation, and civil rights.