Politics A Level
Year 12 overview
Component 1: UK Politics
Students will study: Democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media.
Component 2: UK Government
Students will study: The constitution, parliament, Prime Minister and executive, relationships between the branches.
Optional Political Idea: Feminism.
Core Political Idea One: Socialism.
Year 13 overview
Core Political Idea Two: Liberalism.
Core Political Idea Three: Conservatism.
Component 3: Comparative Politics USA
For USA, students will study: The US Constitution and federalism, US congress, US presidency, US Supreme Court and civil
rights, democracy and participation, comparative theories.
What our students say
"I have really enjoyed studying Politics at A Level, it is not only an interesting and dynamic choice of subject but also has allowed me to see our political system in a completely new light. Although Politics is not necessarily the direct path I would like to take in choosing my career, I have gained transferable skills in debating, analysing, evaluating and also writing in an extended form. In year twelve my class and I had the opportunity to take part in a debate against other local schools - this built on my confidence as a public speaker but also has helped me in being able to speak with professional sensitivity. (Which is a skill needed despite your choice of career path). The skills I have gained from studying Politics have without a doubt contributed to my ability to be a successful and confident Head Girl."