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Subject Area: Humanities
Level: TWO-YEAR A Level
Exam Board: Edexcel/Pearson
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What do I need to study this course?

To study Politics you must have an interest in, and some initial knowledge of, current affairs and politics, and want to know more about the subject. You will need grade 4 or above in GCSE English Language.

What will I study?

An A level in politics will encourage students to develop knowledge and an informed understanding of contemporary political structures and issues in their historical context, both within the United Kingdom (UK) and globally and a critical awareness of the changing nature of politics and the relationships between political ideas, institutions and processes. You will also study the influences and interests which have an impact on decisions in government and politics and the rights and responsibilities of individuals and groups and the historical development of government and politics in the UK in order to know and understand in detail contemporary politics in the UK.

Government in the UK including: the nature and main sources of the British constitution; the structure, role and powers of Parliament; the accountability of the government to Parliament; the concepts of collective and individual Ministerial responsibility; the Supreme Court and its interactions with and influence over legislation and policy; the impact of devolution on the UK.

Political participation in the UK including: democracy and participation; elections and voting and political parties.

The European Union

Political ideas including; Liberalism; Conservatism; Socialism;
Nationalism; Feminism; Anarchism.

You will extend your knowledge of the material studied in the first year.

What next?

Studying Politics will develop your analytical and research skills and knowledge of how the world works, and is therefore a prized qualification for entry into university and employment. Politics students become journalists, lawyers, civil servants, academics, and teachers. They may also go on to work for political parties, international organisations like the European Union and United Nations, NGOs such as charities or other organisations like trade unions.