Politics

Introduction

Politics is a course students enjoy studying as we give you the opportunity to debate current affairs and through studying politics you also gain a much wider understanding of the world around you. It has never been a more exciting time to study Government and Politics. The recent General election in Britain, the recent Referendum on the European Union and the rise of Donald Trump make Politics a topical and relevant subject. In A2 you will study the contrasts and connections between the USA and the UK by studying the fascinating and often peculiar world of American politics.

Combines well with

Politics is a diverse qualification and compliments other subjects such as History, Law and Sociology.

Progression

Politics is a popular subject for Universities, students who take politics gain critical thinking and analytical skills, students develop their skills of debating and communicating. Politics helps prepare students for many different forms of employment including work in journalism, education, the legal professions and any employment that requires critical thinking and judgement.

Enrichment

In recent years we have taken our students to the Houses of Parliament and UK Supreme Court. Our students have also taken part in local and national debating events.

Curriculum

Year Course & Topics covered Level Contact for more detail
12 UK Politics

  • Democracy and participation,
  • Political parties,
  • Electoral systems,
  • Voting behaviour and the Media,
  • The Constitution,
  • Parliament,
  • Prime Minister and the Executive,
  • The relationships between the branches of government.

The specifications for this course can be found by clicking here.

GCE A Level Year 1 Mr R Carter – rcarter@heathfieldcc.co.uk
 13

Ideologies

  • Conservatism,
  • Liberalism,
  • Socialism,
  • Feminism

US Politics

  • The US Constitution and federalism,
  • US congress,
  • US presidency,
  • US Supreme Court and Civil Rights
  • Democracy and participation

The specifications for this course can be found by clicking here.

GCE A Level Year 2  Mr R Carter – rcarter@heathfieldcc.co.uk

Course Assessment

Assessment Title; Paper 1 Type Time A Level %
UK Politics and Core political ideas Written Examination 2 hours 33%

Democracy and participation, Political parties, Electoral systems, Voting behaviour and the Media.

Conservatism, Liberalism and Socialism.

Assessment Title; Paper 2 Type Time A Level %
UK Government and political ideologies Written Examination 2 hours 33%

The Constitution, Parliament, Prime Minister and Executive, the relationships between these branches. 

Feminism.

Assessment Title; Paper 3 Type Time A Level %
Comparative Politics of the USA Written Examination 2 hours 33%
The US Constitution and federalism, US congress, US presidency, US Supreme Court, Democracy and participation, Civil rights.