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.
This course will help you answer these questions:
• Should we make greater use of referendums?
• Is the PM too powerful?
• Why is turnout so low?
• Should we change the electoral system?
Year 1: You look at democracy participation and voting behaviour, the media, political parties and ideology, the role of pressure groups and electoral systems. You also study parliament, the role of the Prime Minister, cabinet and the British Constitution.
Year 2: You will study American government and politics. You will explore the unique system of the 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”. Can the President really do as he likes? You will study the US Constitution, US Congress, US President and US Supreme Court.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is by three written papers.
Are there any special expenses?
There are no special expenses but students are encouraged to engage with the news on a daily basis. There will be trips which enrich the curriculum e.g. Parliament.
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, Business and Law.
If you wish to apply for 2020-2021 academic year, please complete the online application form.