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Politics A Level at Bury St Edmunds County Upper School

Course description

Politics combines well with a range of social science and humanities subjects to lead to university courses in such areas as business, economics, law, media, philosophy and, of course, politics. Careers in banking, insurance, the Civil Service, marketing and journalism are also possibilities.

Course content

To study Politics at A level you need to have a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in politics and current affairs, a desire to explore new ideas and an ability to communicate your opinions effectively. There is no GCSE in Politics so we use your English grade as our entry requirement; you will need to achieve at least a B in GCSE English to study this course. During the course you will study a range of units and topics, from the
role of the Prime Minister to the power of Parliament, the UK and US political systems and a range of political ideologies including feminism and socialism.

Entry requirements

Students  who  wish  to  study  GCE  Advanced  level  courses  are  required  to  have  passed  at  least  five  GCSE  or  equivalent  level  two  courses  at  grades  5-9  including  a  minimum  of  grade 5 in the subjects they wish to study.  Most students attempting A level courses will have  more  than  this  minimum.  In  subjects  not  taught  at  GCSE  a  5  in  a  related  subject  is required (for example, a 5/6 in English would enable a student to study Politics).




UK Politics
(33% of the A Level)
Political Participation
Students will study: democracy and participation, political parties,
electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media.
Core Political Ideas
Students will study: conservatism, liberalism, socialism.
UK Government
(33% of the A Level)
UK Government
Students will study: the constitution, parliament, Prime Minister
and executive, relationships between the branches.
Optional Political Ideas
Students will study: one idea from the following - anarchism,
ecologism, feminism, multiculturalism, nationalism.
Comparative Politics
(33% of the A Level)
Students will study: the US Constitution and federalism, US
congress, US presidency, US Supreme Court, democracy and
participation, civil rights.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bury St Edmunds County Upper School directly.

Last updated date: 12 January 2018
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