A Level Politics
Has there ever been a more exciting time to study politics? The instability caused by the Brexit vote, the election of Donald Trump as President of the USA, a bitterly divided.
Labour Party under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn and a Conservative Party divided over whether Britain should go for a ’hard’ or ’soft’ Brexit.
The next two years in British politics will shape the future. Two years ago no one would have foreseen recent events. Take a front row seat for the next two years!
From September we will be studying Edexcel’s reformed A level. This will involve studying 3 units:
1. UK Politics
1. Political Participation, students will study:
Democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media.
How do we vote? What are referendums? How can we explain the result of the last election? Is our system fair? Should 16 year olds be given the vote? Will there be a second referendum on Brexit or Scottish Independence?
Why did people vote for Brexit? How do gender, age, ethnicity and region affect how we vote. What is the role of the media and opinion polls in elections?
2. Political Ideas
students will study: conservatism, liberalism, socialism, anarchism
What is the difference between a baby and a bike?
Only when you know the answer to this can you understand the Conservative view of society!
Students will study: the constitution, parliament, Prime Minister and the executive.
How does Parliament work? How is the Government formed? What does the Queen do? Why do Ministers lose their jobs? How powerful is the Prime Minister? Should our system be reformed? How will our relationship with the EU develop after Brexit?
The House of Commons. An important way of keeping the government under control or a powerless talking shop? Should we change the way it works? Should we elect the House of Lords?
Component 3: Government of the USA.
The US Constitution and federalism, US congress, US presidency, US Supreme Court and civil rights, democracy and participation, comparative theories.
The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States shocked the world. Why did people vote for ‘the Donald’. Will he build a wall? Will Trump ‘drain the swamp’
People say this makes Trump the most powerful man in the World. Learn how the American constitution severely limits.
You will be examined at the end of the two year course with three 2 hour examinations.