Politics

Our Course

EDEXCEL: A Level Politics 

Do you enjoy a good argument? Are you interested in current affairs? Do you think Theresa May is a good or a bad Prime Minister or that the Labour Party has good or bad policies? Are you interested in finding out more about how the UK Parliament and Judiciary work and about theories like Socialism and Liberalism? If so, Politics is for you.

In Year 13, you can study Global Politics - finding out about the main international bodies like the UN, EU and NATO and then look at the international response to problems such as genocide in the Sudan, human rights abuse in Burma and poverty in the global south.

Students who enjoy History, Geography and Religious Studies are likely to do well.

Subject highlights include:

  • Small set sizes
  • Plenty of opportunity to debate and to hear top politicians speak
  • Subject never stays still.
  • Chance to hear top politicians speak

Entry Requirements

Enthusiasm for current affairs with a willingness to join in discussions, to argue and to keep up-to-date with the news. Students who enjoy one or more of History, Geography and Religious Studies are likely to do well.

Course Content

A wide variety of teaching methods are used in the lessons which include group work, internet research, student presentations, role play and whole class discussions. 

Unit Assessment Duration Weighting
UK Politics and Core Political Ideas Three essays 2 hours 33.3%
UK Government and Optional Political Ideas Three essays 2 hours 33.3%
Comparative Global Politics Two short essays and two longer essays 2 hours 33.3%

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Looking Further Ahead

In the last five years, over 60% of Politics students achieved A, A* or B grades (with 100% in 2015) so students should be well set to go to the university of their choice. Recently a number of students have studied Law, International Relations and Politics at university, however, the skills learnt will be useful for a wide range of courses.