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Politics A Level at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

Course description

Why choose Politics?
Should the UK devolve more powers to individual country’s assemblies? Does your vote really count? Should we have regional governments? Is ‘first past the post’ a fair way to decide an election? How powerful is the prime minister? If you enjoy debating current affairs and politics and would like to study a subject that is relevant to your everyday life, then Politics is perfect for you.

The subject looks at the way in which legislation is made and how society and different groups manage different views, conflict and disagreement. Politics is about compromise; it’s about power; it’s about government. We look at these aspects through studies of UK and American systems of government and politics. It is ideally suited to students who have a keen interest in contemporary issues, for example, human rights, electoral reform, terrorism or the environment. It is a challenging subject that provides rewarding and stimulating subject matter.

Politics is a highly respected subject that addresses the key themes of contemporary society. It commands respect both by universities and employers as it requires astute writing skills, critical thinking skills and a solid understanding of current affairs and general knowledge. The subject is part of the Humanities faculty which has an active programme of visiting speakers and organises an annual study trip to the Houses of Parliament in London.

What will I study?
Unit 1 - People, politics and participation
Unit 2 - Governing modern Britain
Unit 3 - Politics of the USA or ideologies
Unit 4 - The government of the USA or ideologies in action

What can I study it with?
Politics can be combined with a wide range of other subjects, but popular combinations include History, Economics, Geography, Law, Sociology, English Literature, World Development, Criminology and Philosophy and Ethics.

Career opportunities
Politics students can go on to study a wide variety of subjects at university, including PPE (Politics, Philosophy & Economics), international relations, law, journalism and history. In turn this can lead to a wide range of careers such as journalist, the military, teaching and the Civil Service or a career within politics itself.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A*- B, including:

Grade B in English Language and Grade C in Maths.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darwen Aldridge Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 February 2015
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  • Start date: Next September