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Politics (A Level) at Somervale School

Course description

  •  What is democracy?
  •  Is British democracy in crisis?
  •  Who runs the country?
  •  What beliefs have shaped Britain and the wider world?
  •  Do protests ever make a difference?
  •  Will China and the Middle East ever accept our ways of thinking?

These are just some of the questions that might be discussed by Politics students. As well as studying the ideas that are the basis of our political system, we investigate how effective the institutions of government really are, using the ever-changing world of current affairs to illustrate the academic theories.

In addition to reading and written work, research and presentations are regular features of the course. There is also a good deal of discussion and argument!

Course content

Year 12

  • Unit 1 People, Politics & Participation Exam
  • Unit 2 Governing Modern Britain Exam

Year 13

  • Unit 3 Ideologies Exam
  • Unit 4 The Government of the USA Exam

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade B in History or if History was not taken at GCSE a B in English Language.

Future opportunities

Studying politics does not mean you have to become a politician! A knowledge of how the country is run would benefit anybody with an interest in law, the media, government, economics and a wide variety of other occupations. Universities and employers will always be impressed by candidates with a good knowledge of current affairs and the social political and economic ideas that shape the world.

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Who Might the Course Suit?

A willingness to engage in the discussion of political issues is essential. Students are expected to keep up to date with political events by reading the papers and following relevant radio and television programmes. In addition, students will be expected to read formal texts and develop their essay writing skills. This course is a perfect accompaniment to any student taking Economics, Business, History, GPR, Sociology or English Literature.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Somervale School directly.

Last updated date: 20 April 2015

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