Politics A Level at Wye School
In one way or another, most aspects of most people's lives are shaped by politics. From elections and involvement in wars to the price of a pint of milk, most things we see in newspapers or experience in our day-to-day lives are products of political decisions.
The study of politics helps to establish a greater understanding of many of the issues facing the governments and economists of today, and those impacting upon students' daily lives. This subject also develops the ability to communicate complex ideas and formulate clear arguments by deploying a range of theoretical concepts and practical examples.
The course covers the main features of the UK government and politics, as well as providing the opportunity to study these matters in a global context.
Key areas covered by on the UK Politics unit include democracy, electoral systems and voting behaviour, the relationship between government and parliament, and the principles underpinning the main political parties. You will develop a sound critical understanding of how politics in the UK operates. For instance, while Britain is normally seen as a thriving democracy, students are asked to challenge this assumption.
Key areas covered on the UK Government unit include the role of the Prime Minister, the Executive and Parliament, and the relationship between these branches. You will develop an understanding of where power lies within the UK Government. This unit also exposes students to political ideologies less intrinsically tied to specific political parties than those covered in the UK Politics unit, such as anarchism, nationalism and ecologism.
The third unit will expose students to government and politics in a global setting, giving them the opportunity to study political systems, traditions and behaviours from around the globe.
Sixth Form Entry Criteria: a minimum of 5 A*-C / 9-5 GCSE grades, which must include Mathematics and either English Language or English Literature.
Assessment is via written external examinations containing essay questions and structured questions, some of which relate to specific source material. It is therefore important that you are well qualified in English Language (GCSE grade 6 or higher).
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wye School directly.