Key Stage 5

Year 12 & 13: (Sixth Form)

EXAMINATION BOARD
Edexcel

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THIS SUBJECT?
Politics is unlike any other A Level subject because it is so current. Politics is NOW. Politics is ALIVE! It is about how our society is shaped and organised and allows you to form your own opinions about topics that affect us all. What you study at A Level Politics will stay relevant for the rest of your life. We also have lots of real-life political speakers, including in the last few years, MPs, MEPs, Lords, the leader of UKIP and the speaker of the House of Commons.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
• GCSE English grade 4 or above.
• An interest in current affairs and an enquiring mind.
• A commitment to extended reading/research.

YOU WILL STUDY
The Course includes:
Year 12
• UK Politics, including Democracy & Participation, Elections, Political Parties and Voting & the Media.
• The UK Government, including Parliament, Prime Minister & Cabinet, The Constitution, and Relationships Between Government Branches.
Year 13
• Political ideologies, including Conservatism, Liberalism, Socialism and Feminism.
• US Politics, including President, Congress, Supreme Court & Civil Liberties, The Constitution, and Democracy & Participation.

YOU WILL LEARN TO
• Understand how the political system works.
• Challenge how and what you think.
• Write structured and detailed answers.
• Develop an enquiring and critical approach to current affairs.
• Gain confidence from class discussions.

ASSESSMENT DETAILS
There are three exams, taken at the end of Year 13
• Paper 1: UK Politics & Core Ideologies: 2 hours, 33.3% of final grade.
• Paper 2: UK Government & Optional Ideology: 2 hours, 33.3% of final grade.
• Paper 3: US Politics: 2 hours, 33.3% of final grade.

There is no coursework or controlled assessment.

CAREERS & UNIVERSITY PATHWAYS
Politics is highly valued in many careers including the Police, Armed Forces, Education, Health, Law and anything else the government makes decisions about, which is almost anything! Politics can be studied at university on its own or with various other subjects. The skills developed in Politics are used in almost every job or area of life.