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Specific Course Entry Requirements  
Examination Levels Offered A-level - two year course
Examination Board AQA

Politics is a lively, dynamic, contemporary A-level course that will inform you about the way government works and how political decisions affect your life. The breadth of issues explored is vast, you will be encouraged to develop your own opinions and get involved in debate. Keeping up to date with events is crucial, "a week is a long time in politics". By selecting, organising and deploying material from newspapers, Twitter, radio and television, you will develop the essential skill of advancing and defending an argument. 

Associated Course Costs

A textbook for the UK Politics side of the course and the US Politics side of the course is highly recommended. Both are being published in the Summer of 2017 and can be ordered for around £25 each on sites such as Amazon. Both books will be used for both Year 12 and Year 13. 

Short, highly topical political updates can be purchased for both UK and US Politics. They have proven to be invaluable in the past. They can be purchased from similar websites for £10. 

In Year 13 an additional course of political ideologies has been added. The Textbook for this can be ordered for around £25. This is for Year 13 only. 

We hope to offer our annual visit around the Palace of Westminster. Entry is free, but transport costs will apply. More details will follow. 

Course Content and Assessment Details

Politics A-level course is a linear course. The Course will cover the key issues and developments that shape the British and the American political systems. These include political, social, economic, legal, philosophical and historical aspects. Central are the ideas of citizenship, democracy and participation. We will also investigate the varied political ideologies that shape political thought. 

A-Level Course. This is a two year course. There is no option to complete a one year AS qualification. 

  • Paper 1 - Government and Politics of the UK
  • Paper 2 - Government and Politics of the USA and Comparative Politics
  • Paper 3 - Political Ideas (Year 13 only) 

All three papers are assessed the same - two hour essay based exam. Each paper is worth 33 and a third percent.



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