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Studying A Level Politics will encourage Year 12 and 13 students to be engaged in current affairs, become active citizens and equip them with skills for life beyond education. They will be grounded in skills including presentation skills, groupwork, debating and interpreting information and data.
There are three broad areas of study in this specification which will be studied throughout Year 12 and 13. They are:
- The Government and Politics of the UK
- The Government and Politics of the USA
- Political ideas
The specification requires in-depth study of UK and US government and politics. Students will compare and contrast the constitutions of the two countries and examine the roles of the legislature, executive and judiciary in each system. They will examine the different political parties that exist in each country as well as studying the different electoral systems and processes and patterns of voting behaviour.
Students will also study political ideas which include liberalism, conservatism, socialism and nationalism. For each of these ideologies students will study the views and policies associated with each ideology, who the main thinkers associated with each ideology are and how their ideas have developed over time.
Long term plans for each year group can be downloaded below.