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, challenge ideas and develop a greater understanding of how our system works and our place in it.
This course will help you understand the impact of:
• The PM
• The electoral system
Year 1: You look at democracy and participation including influences of voting behaviour. The role of the media in effecting political outcomes, 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 the representative processes of the US government and politics. You will explore the unique system of the government of the USA. You will study the US Constitution, US Congress, US President and US Supreme Court, including the role of race politics and a rights based culture.
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 2019-2020 academic year, please complete the online application form.