Politics (A level linear - no AS examinations) at Gumley House Convent School
Politics is an excellent choice if you have an interest in current affairs and want to understand and change the world around you. It is a highly regarded A level which can lead to many degree courses including Politics, International Relations, History, Economics and Law. It will not necessarily lead to a career in politics but would provide a good foundation for students who wish to pursue a career in journalism, the Civil Service, Development or Law.
During the first year you will have two main themes : “People, Politics and Participation” introduces issues like how is voting behaviour changing in elections and do pressure groups strengthen or weaken democracy. “Governing Modern Britain” covers issues such as, what is parliament’s role in the UK political system and why do we have a prime ministerial government in the UK. In the second year you build an understanding of politics in the USA and be able to offer a comparison with the politics of the UK.
This is a constantly evolving subject so we make it active with teacher-led activities, group work, seminars, speakers and documentaries. You will visit parliament and participate in other trips including attending a recording of Question Time.
You are expected to complete 6 hours of private study per week. This is a combination of homework, and independent work including reading a quality daily newspaper and publications like “The Economist” or “The Week”.
You will enjoy this course if you have an interest in current affairs, how political decisions are reached and who has the power to influence them. It provides many opportunities for discussion and debate, and complements the study of many other subjects such as History and Philosophy.
Component 1: UK Politics (33% 1/3 of total A Level)
This component focuses on the UK political system and looks at a range of fascinating areas such as political parties, political participation and the media and voting behaviour. Alongside this students will also develop an understanding of key political beliefs such as liberalism, conservatism and socialism.
Component 2: The Government of the UK (33% 1/3 of total A Level)
Through this component students will gain an understanding of how the UK system of government works. They will focus on key areas such as the prime minister and parliament. Alongside this they will extend their knowledge of political beliefs through he study of nationalism.
Component 3: Comparative Politics (33% 1/3 of total A Level)
Through this unit students will build an understanding of how the American political system works. They will look at key issues such as the presidency and congress as well as being able to develop comparisons with the UK system.
English and Mathematics at level 5 and three different subjects at a minimum of grade C. Grade B in a humanities subject is required.
All units are assessed by external examination at the end of the course.
A number of day trips will be part of the course.
Politics is a highly regarded A level which can lead to many degree courses including Politics, International Relations, History, Economics and Law. It will not necessarily lead to a career in politics but could provide a good foundation for students who wish to pursue careers in journalism, the Civil Service, development or law, for example.
To find out more about this qualification, contact us or your school/college careers staff.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gumley House Convent School directly.