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Politics A Level at Coulsdon Sixth Form College

Course description

Do you enjoy a stimulating and dynamic subject which investigates topical issues and controversies that affect our everyday lives? Politics helps us understand how the British political system works,as well as developing an understanding of the core ideologies of liberalism, conservatism and socialism and another important ideology, multiculturalism. Students will also study the American Political system. Students will develop a range of analytical, investigative and critical skills to use in whatever career path they choose. To do well in Politics, students will need to keep up-to-date with current affairs by reading a respected newspaper and watching or listening to the news on a weekly basis.

What goes well with this course?

Politics combines well with the majority of subjects, particularly:

  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • History
  • Law
  • English

Course content

In the first year, students investigate the concepts and institutions that underline the British System of Government and the core and non-core ideologies:

Unit 1: UK Politics

  • Political participation - democracy, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media
  • Core political ideas - liberalism, conservatism and socialism

Unit 2: UK Government

  • UK Government - UK constitution, Parliament, Prime Minister and Executive, relationships between institutions
  • Optional non-core political ideas - multiculturalism

In the second year, students will study comparative politics. they will study the politics of the USA and aspects such as

  • US Constitution
  • Federalism
  • US Congress
  • US Presidency
  • US Supreme Court
  • Democracy
  • Civil Rights

Lessons contain a mixture of lively debate, exposure to new ideas and close analysis of current affairs as they take place.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to include A Levels in their programme need to have (or expect to achieve) at least five GCSE passes, with at least two at Grade 5 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirements:  

  • Grade 4 in English Language and a 5 in English Literature or History 5 or
  • Grade 5 in English Language

No previous experience of Politics is required. An interest in current affairs and a desire to explore new ideas is essential. Students need to be willing to work hard and be able to plan their own learning.

Most students begin studying Politics having never studied the subject before: this is not a disadvantage. However, a willingness to find out about contemporary politics is essential. Students should genuinely enjoy the following:

  • reading and keeping up-to-date with Politics
  • developing and analysing different points-of-view in writing
  • Discussion
  • In-depth study of both the British and American Political systems

This course will help students to develop a range of analytical, investigative and creative skills which they will be able to use in whatever career path they choose.

Assessment

The exam board for this A Level is Pearson Edexcel.

Future opportunities

Politics students are well respected for their versatility and their analytical and evaluative skills which are essential in so many jobs. Possible careers can include the Civil Service, Teaching and the Police.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coulsdon Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2017
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