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Politics

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Specification AQA A Level Politics (7152)
Contact Mrs G Townend (Curriculum Leader: History, Government & Politics)
Entry Requirements Grade 6 in GCSE English Language and a grade B in a Humanities subject is required.

 

Is this course for me?

Lively, relevant, controversial… there are many ways to describe A Level Politics. There’s no denying that it’s one of the most interesting and engaging qualifications you can choose. Covering news and current affairs from the UK and US, it helps you understand how each country is run and develops research, written communication and debate skills. It also helps grow your confidence. 

Where can it take me?

It’s ideal if you’re considering studying history, law, politics, ethics, business management or journalism at university and is highly regarded by employers in industries including politics, international organisations, the media, government and the civil service. AQA Politics A Level

What do current Students think?

  • “It’s great to study current events.
  • “A Level Politics helps you to understand the world today.”
  • “Politics is an eye-opening subject, you’ll never watch the news in the same way again.” 

 

A Level Qualification Structure:

Unit 1 – Government and Politics of the UK

Students will study two different aspects:

  • the government of the UK including the nature and sources of the British Constitution; the structure and role of Parliament; the PM & Cabinet; the judiciary; and devolution.
  • the politics of the UK including democracy & participation; elections and referendums; political parties; pressure groups; and the EU.

Unit 2 – Government and Politics of the USA

Students will study:

  • The government of the USA including the constitutional framework; Congress; the Presidency; and the Supreme Court.
  • The politics of the USA including the electoral process and direct democracy; political parties; pressure groups and civil rights.
  • Comparative approaches to politics following the three theoretical approaches – structural, rational and cultural.

Unit 3 – Political Ideas

Students will study the three core ideologies of Liberalism, Conservatism and Socialism and one other ideology from a choice of Nationalism, Feminism, Multi-culturalism, Anarchism or Ecologism.