What will I learn?
Studying politics at AS/A Level provides students with an opportunity to study the very real world of modern day politics, while further developing skills and understanding in a friendly and challenging environment.
Students will study British politics: how and why people vote and participate in alternative ways, different electoral systems and the history, development and practices of British political parties, and ‘How Britain is Governed’: our constitution and the judiciary, Parliament and its workings, the Prime Minister, Cabinet and Civil Service as well as other layers of UK government.
In Year 13 the American equivalents - the Constitution, President, Congress and Supreme Court - of these individuals, processes and institutions are studied.
Politics at AS level offers students a chance to study lively and attractive material, while also offering guidance on the key terms, events and issues. Thought provoking activities, questioning and political activities (including a visit to Parliament in London) are used in a way that is designed to advance students’ understanding, inspire both critical and independent thinking, share ideas with others and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their full potential.
Government and politics is a challenging and fascinating course which provides students with an excellent grounding for higher education.
What skills do I need?
- Ability to evaluate writings and opinions on key political figures, institutions and processes - how far can you trust them? How useful are they?
- Ability to express your own opinions.
- An ability to write extended answers with carefully crafted, researched and supported arguments.
How is the course graded?
- You will do two exams as part of the AS course, both 1 hour 30 minutes long.
- As part of the A level course you would sit two similar examinations covering US politics.