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An average Attainment 8 score of 5.5 as well as a Grade 5 in English Language or Literature.
What is Politics?
Politics encourages you to develop your critical thinking skills and the ability to interpret evidence. We will study the nature of UK politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes. We will analyse the structures of authority and power within the political system of the United Kingdom, and compare to the political systems of the USA. A key component is the study of political concepts and theories, which we will link to the reality of politics in the UK. Throughout the course there will be opportunities to develop an interest in and engagement with contemporary politics. You will be expected to take an active interest in current affairs and there will be ample opportunity to relate current events to academic analysis.
Paper 1 - UK Politics with core political ideas (33%)
• Democracy and Participation
• Political parties
• Electoral systems
• Voting behaviour and the media
• Liberalism, Conservatism and Socialism
You will answer three questions: two essays from Section A (Politics) and one essay from Section B (political ideas).
Paper 2 - UK Government with optional political ideas (33%)
• The Constitution
• The PM and Government
• Relations between the branches
• Multiculturalism (TBC)
You will answer three questions: two essays from Section A (Government) and one essay from Section B (optional ideas).
Paper 3 - Comparative Politics (33%)
US Government and Politics
- Supreme Court
- Democracy and Participation
- Civil Rights
You will answer four questions: one short answer question in Section A, one short answer question in Section B and two essays in Section C.
How will you be assessed?
100% examination at the end of 2 Years. There will be three two hour examinations with a strong emphasis on extended writing.
Exam Board: Edexcel