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Politics A Level at Ralph Allen School

Course description

Politics is constantly changing the world around us, and at some point, everyone comes into contact with it – whether through voting, campaigning or simply watching the news. Young people are undoubtedly becoming more and more aware of both UK and international politics, with recent controversies such as the Brexit referendum and election of Donald Trump in the USA. The Politics A Level is a great way of beginning
to engage with the political system and develop a deeper understanding of how our country works and the issues that shape the lives across the world.

Course content


Three 2 hour written examinations comprising a number of essay style and source based questions.
Component 1: UK Politics (33%)
1. Politics Participation: Democracy, political parties, electoral systems, pressure groups, voting behaviour and the media.
2. Core Political Ideas: Conservatism, liberalism, socialism. Component 2: UK Government (33%)
• UK Government: The constitution, parliament, Prime Minister and executive, relationships between the branches.
• Non-core political ideas: One idea from the following: anarchism, ecologism, feminism, multiculturalism, nationalism.

Component 3: Representative Process in the USA (33%)
The US Constitution and federalism, Congress, the President, Supreme Court and civil rights, democracy and participation, comparative theories.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in English language or Grade 6 in English literature.

Future opportunities

Most subjects can go well with Politics. Students whose interests lie in subjects such as History, Geography or Economics find that Politics combines well with them. On the other hand, students whose interests lie mainly elsewhere often enjoy taking Politics
as a contrasting subject if they simply have a pre-existing interest in current affairs.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ralph Allen School directly.

Last updated date: 30 January 2018

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