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Why study Politics?

Politics A-level is concerned with the analysis of the nature of power. Students will explore the ways in which people can participate in the processes which create, constrain and uphold the structures of power in our society, as well as an in-depth understanding of the ideas which underpin contemporary political debate: Conservatism, Socialism, Liberalism and Feminism.

What will I study? How will I be assessed?

Pearson/Edexcel Politics 9PL0:

The Politics A-level curriculum consists of a comprehensive analysis of, and comparison between, the political systems of two of the most established modern democracies; those of the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The nature of democratic processes – elections, political parties, interest groups activity, civil liberties – in both societies is examined in detail. The systems of government of each system – the constitutional rules and the executive, legislative and judicial functions – are analysed and compared. The political philosophies which have underpinned debate within those systems since the nineteenth century – Conservatism, Socialism, Liberalism and Feminism – are also considered and evaluated.

Component 1 UK Politics: Political Participation and Core Ideologies

Component 2 UK Government and Non-core Ideology (Feminism)

Component 3 Comparative Politics: USA

How will I be assessed? Where can Politics lead?

Essay writing, based on serious reading of relevant texts, is the core skill which is developed in the course of studying Politics at A-level. The study of current developments in both the United Kingdom and the United States of America is also of central importance. Politics is a subject which is directly concerned with the contemporary world and extensive use of newspapers and political articles, as well as podcasts, blogs and TV programmes, is expected.

The ability to form arguments based on the close analysis of texts, informed by serious engagement with current affairs, is fundamental to many careers.

Politics A-level is, therefore, a sound basis on which to proceed towards university education and then on to the demands of a challenging career.