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A Level Politics at The Bishop of Winchester Academy

Course description

Politics is a great option for students who are aware, inquisitive, have an interest in current affairs and are ambitious. Have you ever wondered about the answers to the following questions:
- We say we are a democracy – but is it really true?
- Are our liberties properly protected?
- Why didn’t Labour win the last election?
- Why have Greenpeace been a successful pressure group?
- Should people and animals have the same rights?

Course content

At AS level there are 2 units to study:
People and Politics: Here we have an introduction to the subject and look at Democracy and participation Pressure Groups; Political Parties’ Policies and Ideas; Elections and Political Participation.
Governing the UK: Here we look at the central institutions of government; the Constitution, Parliament, the Prime Minister and the Cabinet; Judges and Civil liberties.

At A2 level there are a further 2 units to complete. These will concentrate more on political theory and will be an introduction to the political ideologies of Liberalism, Conservatism and Socialism. In addition we will examine rival traditions such as Nationalism, Anarchism, Feminism, Ecologism and Multi-Culturalism. Most of these will be related to the happenings and events of the UK.

Entry requirements

Students must meet the standard 6th Form entry requirements and have obtained a minimum of a GCSE grade B in this or a related subject.  Whether your motivation is academic, career-orientated, or pure curiosity, a fundamental requirement is to have an interest in the subject. You do not need a great deal of knowledge of political affairs in order to start the course but you do need to have some interest in current affairs, debates, or controversies, so candidates will be expected to acquaint themselves with quality newspapers, periodicals, journals and current affairs programmes on both T.V. and radio.


Assessment is through written examinations. There is no formal coursework requirement, however, we do have internal patterns of assessment that include close monitoring of notes, set written work assignments on a regular basis, periodic tests and general monitoring of progress. We expect students to follow current affairs closely and to report to the class in groups on Politics in the News.

Future opportunities

Politics at this level can lead to many opportunities and is accepted by all universities. This course is especially relevant to students with ambitions to have a career in Law, Management (Public Relations), Journalism, the Civil Service, Nursing, the Public Services, University or Parliament.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bishop of Winchester Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 June 2015

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