At least 5 GCSEs graded 9-5 including English at grade 4 or above. A keen interest in politics is important as you will be required to stay versed in current affairs.
Why Should You Take This Course?
You should take this course if you have an interest in current affairs and would like to broaden your understanding of the political process. This course suits students who are interested in debate and who would like to develop their understanding of the UK’s and USA’s political system by analysing and evaluating the effectiveness of the processes in place.
Course content This course will develop an understanding of:
Year 1: You will study, analyse and evaluate the representative features of the UK, including the power of devolved bodies, electoral systems, political parties and voting behaviour. You will also study the institutions that exist in the UK and how they interact with one another as well as the core ideologies of Conservatism, Liberalism and Socialism
Year 2: You will study and evaluate the representative features of the USA and compare these with the UK as well as non-core ideology of feminism or anarchism.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is by three written exams consisting of extended essay questions.
Are there any special expenses?
There are no special expenses, but students are encouraged to attend educational visits and partake in competitions.
What could I do next?
The analytical and evaluative skills developed through the study of politics can be applied to variety of jobs and further study. These include careers such as: politicians, the diplomatic service, the Civil Service, researchers and advisors for public policy. The study of politics also compliments careers in law, business and management and economics.
If you wish to apply for 2022-2023 academic year, please complete the online application form.