ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Six GCSEs 9-4, two from English, Maths OR Science
  • Two at least grade 6

Components

UNIT 1: GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF THE UK

Percentage of total marks: 77 marks and 33⅓ % of A-level
Method of assessment Exam: 2 hours

Students will study over two years the UK Constitution, Government, the powers of the Prime Minister, UK Political Parties, Elections and Voting, Referendums and Pressure Groups.

UNIT 2: GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF THE USA AND COMPARATIVE POLITICS

Percentage of total marks: 77 marks and 33⅓ % of A-level
Method of assessment Exam: 2 hours

Students will study over two years the American Government and Politics. This includes looking at Presidential elections, Pressure Groups, the Constitution, Political Parties, Social Issues. Students will also compare UK-US political culture, government and Politics.

UNIT 3: POLITICS IDEAS

Percentage of total marks: 77 marks and 33⅓ % of A-level
Method of assessment Exam: 2 hours

Students will study three core ideas: Socialism/Liberalism/Conservatism and Feminism

Skills

You will develop essay writing, analytical, interpretative and communication skills.

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Careers/Destinations

A Level Politics is a subject that can lead to degrees and careers in law, journalism and Civil Service. Many students go on to study related subjects at university such as American Studies, Social Science or Public Policy. Past students have gone on to work as Parliamentary Researchers in the House of Commons and even the US Congress.

Politics

What is Politics?

Lively, relevant, controversial, there are many ways to describe Alevel Politics. There is no denying that it is 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 the UK as a country is run and develops research,
written communication and debate skills. It also helps grow your
confidence.

What do you study?

Unit 1: GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF THE UK
Students will study over two years the UK Constitution,
Government, the powers of the Prime Minister, UK Political Parties,
Elections and Voting, Referendums and Pressure Groups.

UNIT 2: GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF THE USA AND
COMPARATIVE POLITICS
Students will study over two years the American Government and
Politics. This includes looking at Presidential elections, Pressure
Groups, the Constitution, Political Parties, and Social Issues.
Students will also compare UK-US political culture, government and
Politics.

UNIT 3: POLITICS IDEAS
Students will study three core ideas:
Socialism/Liberalism/Conservatism and Feminism

Which exam board do you teach?

AQA

What are the entry requirements for Politics A Level?

To study Politics A level at Loreto you need to meet the college
entry requirements to study A level (Six GCSEs 9-4, two from
English, Maths OR Science. Two at least grade 6).

What subjects go well with Politics?

A range of humanities and social science subjects including History,
English, Economics, Geography, Law and Sociology. It is also ideal if
you are considering studying politics, sociology, ethics, law,
advertising or journalism at university and is highly regarded by
employers in industries including politics, international
organisations, the media, government and the civil service.

Is there any coursework in Politics A Level?

There is no coursework in Politics but there are three exams at the
end of the two years. These exams are 2 hours long and the
questions range from short answer, applied and extended writing
questions.

What can Politics lead to?

A good grade in Politics at A level is valued by universities and
employers, since it requires the development of analytical skills and
demonstrates the ability to evaluate political, social and economic
issues. This course also lays an appropriate foundation for further
study of government and politics or related subjects in higher
education.

What are the class sizes in Politics A Level?

Politics is a popular subject and the class sizes usually range from
20 – 24 students.

Do you go on any trips in Politics?

Yes, in Politics we go to the USA (COVID permitting), visiting New
York and Washington. The department also invites academic guest
speakers who visit the college.

What support will I get?

The subject is well taught with an outstanding range of resources
provided to students to help support their learning. Students are
regularly assessed to help enhance their long-term memory of the
subject over the two years in preparation for their A level
examinations, and there is a homework schedule to enhance this.
The department offers an extra session for upper sixth students to
help students improve their grades.