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Politics A Level at St Mark's Catholic School

Course description

Politics exists because people disagree. We disagree about how we should live (moral questions), about who should get what (resource questions) and about who should make decisions (power questions).

The great advantage of Politics is it is all around you. Studying it for an exam helps you to make sense of a fast-changing world. It is intellectually stimulating and personally empowering.

Course content

Politics – Year 12
The first year focuses on UK politics and society, investigating the current political scene and possible changes to improve society and politics. Component 1 covers four areas - Democracy and Participation, Political Parties, Electoral Systems, and Voting Behaviour and the Media.
Component 2 covers further four areas – the Constitution, Parliament, Prime Minister and Executive, and Relationships between the branches.
Politics – Year 13
The second year focuses on Core Political ideas or ideologies, namely Liberalism, Conservatism and Socialism plus one other from the Optional Ideologies - Anarchism, Ecologism, Feminism, Multiculturalism and Nationalism.
A final component, Component 3, is Comparative Politics where we study the Government and Politics of the USA.
Type and Nature of the Work Involved


Paper 1 - Component 1 + Core Politics Ideas - 33.3% - 120 mins
Paper 2 - Component 2 + Optional Ideologies - 33.3% - 120 mins
Paper 3 - Component 3 - USA - 33.3% - 120 mins

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mark's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 18 December 2017
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