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Politics A Level at Graveney School

Course description

A Level Politics is modern, relevant, engaging and controversial. Covering news and current affairs from the UK and US, you will finish the course with an excellent understanding of how both countries are run. You will also understand the key features of core political ideologies such as conservatism, socialism and liberalism.

Course content

Year 12
Topic 1: UK Politics
This topic explores democracy and participation, elections and referendums, political parties and the role of pressure groups in UK politics.
Topic 2: UK Government
This topic explores the British constitution, Parliament, the Prime Minister and the executive, as well as the relationship between the branches.
Year 13
Topic 3: Core Political Ideas
This topic explores three core political ideologies: conservation, liberalism and socialism.
Topic 4: Non-core Political ideas - Nationalism
This topic explores ideas and principles behind nationalism, different types of nationalism and nationalist thinkers and their ideas.
Topic 5: Comparative Politics - the Government and Politics of the USA.
This topic explores the US Constitution and federalism, US Congress, US Presidency, US Supreme Court and civil rights, democracy and participation and comparative theories.


Students will be externally assessed by written exams including a mixture of medium length ‘explain’ questions and ‘essay-style’ questions.

Future opportunities

Careers can include `law, management, finance, PR, advertising, research, journalism, civil service, broadcasting, working for pressure groups and voluntary organisations. It is
an important academic interest in every university.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 November 2017
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