In the first year, students investigate the concepts and institutions that
underline the British System of Government and the core and non-core
Unit 1: UK Politics
- Political participation – democracy, political parties, electoral systems,
voting behaviour and the media
- Core political ideas – liberalism, conservatism and socialism
Unit 2: UK Government
- UK Government – UK constitution, Parliament, Prime Minister and Executive,
relationships between institutions
- Optional non-core political ideas – multiculturalism
In the second year, students will study comparative politics. they will study
the politics of the USA and aspects such as
- US Constitution
- US Congress
- US Presidency
- US Supreme Court
- Civil Rights
Lessons contain a mixture of lively debate, exposure to new ideas and close
analysis of current affairs as they take place.
No previous experience of Politics is required. An interest in current
affairs and a desire to explore new ideas is essential. Students need to be
willing to work hard and be able to plan their own learning.
Most students begin studying Politics having never studied the subject
before: this is not a disadvantage. However, a willingness to find out about
contemporary politics is essential. Students should genuinely enjoy the
- Reading and keeping up-to-date with Politics
- Developing and analysing different points-of-view in writing
- In-depth study of both the British and American Political systems
This course will help students to develop a range of analytical,
investigative and creative skills which they will be able to use in whatever
career path they choose.
The exam board for this A Level is Pearson Edexcel.