Why Should You Take This Course?
You should take this Course if you have an interest in current affairs and would like to improve your understanding of the political process. It particularly suits students who like to engage in debate and challenge ideas.
If you are a 17-year-old student you cannot vote. Is this right? If you could vote, whom would you vote for? Is voting an effective way of changing the society in which you live? Would joining a pressure group be more successful? This Course will help you answer these questions.
AS: Year 1
You look at participation and voting behaviours, political parties and the role of pressure groups. You also study parliament and the British Constitution.
A2: Year 2
We will explore American government and politics.
Why do Americans vote the way they do?
How important are pressure groups and protest movements? You will explore the unique system of government of the USA and how the world's largest superpower actually governs itself. President Nixon once said, "When the President does it, that means that it's not illegal." Is this really true for the world's most powerful job?
How will I be assessed?
AS and A2 are both assessed by two written papers.
Are there any special expenses?
There are no special expenses but students are encouraged to read a quality newspaper regularly.
What could I do next?
Politics is available as a degree subject or as an option within a degree Course at many universities. The A Level in Politics is very useful if you are interested in Economics, History, Law and Sociology.