Why Study the Subject?
A common saying from people is that they don’t do politics; however, everyone certainly has an opinion on how the country is run, from huge issues like Brexit to smaller day to day issues. Politics is always in the news and, no matter your political leaning, the study of how our country works is crucial for any young adult with an eye on their future and on making a difference.
A Level Politics is a complete course in itself and doesn’t require an intention to study the subject further; the skills gained across the two years will be valuable to anyone, whether they intend to study at university, go into employment or other education.
Study Politics – learn about life!
Paper 1 covers the Government and Politics of the UK and is studied in Year 12. This topic covers most areas of how the government in this country is organised, how it works and what it does, culminating in a 2 hours long exam at the end of Year 13.
Paper 2 covers the Government and Politics of the USA and is studied in Year 13. This topic covers most areas of the government in the USA is organised, how it works and what it does. It also gives the opportunity for comparison between the UK and the USA systems in the 2 hours long exam at the end of Year 13.
Paper 3 covers Political Ideas and is studied in Year 12. This topic covers many political ideas and beliefs and allows students to study the development of these beliefs as well as looking at the key people within them. This also culminates in a 2 hours long exam at the end of Year 13.
Careers/Higher Education Pathways
Politics is an A Level which is fully accepted by all universities in the country for points towards higher education entry in any subject. It gives a great foundation for students to work towards a career in any field as the skills learned are fully transferable across a wide range of careers.