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Politics A Level at The Judd School

Course description

Why choose this subject?

Students will investigate in detail how people and politics interact. They will explore the emergence and development of the UK’s democratic system and the similarities, differences, connections and parallels between direct and indirect democracy. They will focus on the role and scope of political parties that are so central to contemporary politics, including the significance of the manifestos they publish at election time and their relevance to the mandate of the resulting government.



Why study it at The Judd School?

The course is always taught up to date, although it is grounded in a historical perspective. For example, at one level we will look at the Parliament Act limiting the House of Lords (historical perspective) whereas current debate will involve reviewing the reform of the House of Lords; the impact of the Human Rights Act and establishment of a Supreme Court; and how a government with a limited majority intends to deliver BREXIT.

Every opportunity is taken to focus on political developments, in particular, those affecting the constitution. Elections, ministerial resignations, and the like enable students to work with case study material. Students who find this subject has appeal often express career interest in areas such as the law and journalism and find current affairs interesting.

Course content

What you will be learning (course outline):

  • Component 1: UK Politics
  • Component 2: UK Government
  • Component 3: Comparative Politics  

Entry requirements

7 at GCSE in either History or English Literature


How it will be assessed:

There will be three, two hour exams, at the end of the second year of study.  Each paper is equivalent to 1/3 of the final A-Level.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: Edexcel 9PL0