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Politics A Level at The Corsham School

Course description

If you are inquisitive and enjoy learning about the world around you and people in it, then Politics Advanced level may be ideal for you.

Politics is central to our world. As current events show us, the way in which our country is governed, the role of the people and the ideas that influence them are fundamental. Issues that are affecting your lives right now are essentially about politics so to be informed and educated about the circumstances that have led to the current state of the world is vital. Furthermore, the skills that Politics equips you with, enables a career in many areas, including law, advertising, journalism and the media or even politics itself! To understand politics is to understand people so you will gain a natural advantage in the professions where engagement with other people is paramount. You will also develop skills in extended, logical, reasoned debate in writing.  This is beneficial for any job which requires writing reports or developing research and enquiry skills. If you care about the current state of the world, then the study of Politics is essential.


Course content

 A level

All external exams are completed at the end of year 13 – there will be 3 exams in total.

Unit 1: Government and politics in the UK study worth 77 marks. 2 hour paper (33.3% of the total A level).

Unit 2: Government and politics in the US study worth 77 marks. 2 hour paper (33.3% of the total A level).

Unit 3: A study of Political Ideas worth 77 marks. 2 hour paper (33.3% of the total A level).


Unit 1: Topics to be studied on the UK government include: the Constitution, Parliament, the Prime Minister and cabinet government, the Judiciary and devolution. When studying UK politics we will look at the role of democracy, the elections and referendums, political parties, pressure groups and the EU.

Unit 2: Topics to be studied on the US government and politics include: the Constitution, Congress, the President, the Judiciary, democracy, elections, political parties, pressure groups and civil rights. We will also look at comparative politics in case studies comparing the politics of the UK and the US through three strands of structural, cultural and rational comparisons.

Unit 3: Topics to be studied on Political ideas include: Conservatism, Liberalism and Socialism. We will then study one of the following: Feminism, Anarchism, Multiculturalism, Nationalism and Ecologism.




Entry requirements

Students are required to have achieved either a B grade at GCSE History or a high grade in English Literature/Language.


Units 1, 2 and 3 are examined in the Summer Term of year 13.

Students will be required to recall, select and deploy their historical knowledge and communicate that knowledge clearly and effectively. They will also be assessed on their ability to enquire independently, using a range of evidence.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 November 2017

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