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Politics A Level at St Ivo School

Course description

The A-level Politics course aims to engage students with contemporary political issues and ideas. The course examines the key institutions of government both in the UK and USA, and the ways in which people participate in politics and are represented – political parties, pressure groups and elections and voting.

Course content

Students will: • Develop knowledge and an informed understanding of contemporary political structures and issues in their historical context, both within the UK and globally • Develop a critical awareness of the changing nature of politics and the relationships between political ideas, institutions and processes • Develop knowledge and an informed understanding of the influences and interests which have an impact on decisions in government and politics • Develop knowledge and an informed understanding of the rights and responsibilities of individuals and groups • Develop the ability to critically analyse, interpret and evaluate political information to form arguments and make judgements • Develop an interest in, and engagement with, contemporary politics.

Entry requirements

Entry to St Ivo Sixth Form is dependent on attitude to learning and behaviour as well as examination performance. This is set out in a separate document called “Sixth Form Entry Requirements” which is available on the school website. Some subjects will also have subject specific requirements.

Financial information

The Politics department runs a visit to the Houses of Parliament in Year 12. As this is usually arranged through the local MP’s constituency office, there is no charge for admission. The cost of travel is approximately £25. The Politics department provides all text books and revision guides, though students should purchase their own copies if they wish to annotate them.

Future opportunities

Students may use the A-level Politics qualification for further study in a wide variety of further and higher education courses. The subject is particularly appropriate for those wishing to continue studies in Politics, International Relations, Journalism, Law, or related subjects.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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    • St Ivo School is situated in the town of St Ives. The sixth form offers nearly 40 subjects at a variety of levels and produces excellent exam results leading to students achieving their higher education and employment outcomes.