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Exam Board

AQA

Course Information

Politics A Level is an increasingly popular course in the Sixth Form which offers a fascinating insight into the way this country runs by looking at the theories, institutions and practice of British politics. It broadens at Year 2 to include assessment of the main political ideologies and an overview of American government and politics. Lessons involve discussion and debate and students are encouraged to engage with current affairs.

IN THE FIRST YEAR STUDENTS STUDY THE FOLLOWING TOPICS:
•    The theory and practice of the British Constitution
•    The functions and roles of the British Judiciary
•    Parliament, Prime Minister and the Core Executive
•    Voting behaviour and Elections
•    Referendums
•    Political participation, Pressure Groups and Protest Movements
•    Political parties
•    Democracy and Participation
•    Devolution
•    The European Union

IN THE SECOND YEAR STUDENTS STUDY THE FOLLOWING TOPICS:
•    Political Ideologies: Conservatism; Liberalism; Socialism; Multi-culturalism
•    The American Constitution
•    American Government: The Presidency and Federal Bureaucracy
•    American Government: Congress - House of Representatives and the Senate
•    American Government: Supreme Court and Judicial Review
•    Aspects of American Politics, including parties and pressure groups
•    Comparative Between UK and US Politics

Assessment

Three written 2-hour papers, consisting of medium length “explain” and essay-style questions

Entry Criteria

Grade 6 in English Language and Grade 6 in History/Sociology/Geography/Religious Studies. We are more concerned with writing skills than maths and science.

Students must be prepared for wider reading, note-taking, fact-based revision and essay writing. They are recommended to read a quality newspaper such as The Times or The Guardian

Other Information

See Mr Smith for more information.