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Politics A Level at Burford School and Community College

Course description

The common assumption is that the UK is a democracy. The first unit we study examines the extent to which this is true. Politicians have huge power over us, but how much power do we have over our politicians? How democratic was the recent Brexit Referendum and what other forms can direct democracy take? Studying Politics will provide insight into political beliefs central to an understanding of the
modern world.
 
Politics will enable you to develop a critical awareness of the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes. You will gain an understanding of the structures of authority and power within the UK’s political system and how these may differ from those of other political systems.
 
Politics combines particularly well with Economics, Business Studies, English, History and Sociology, but equally complements most subjects because of its immediate relevance and focus on current affairs.

Course content

UK Politics
This section explores the nature of politics and how people engage in the
political process in the UK. There are four content areas in UK Politics:
1. Democracy and participation
2. Political parties
3. Electoral systems
4. Voting behaviour and the media.
2 hour written exam
33 1/3% of the A Level
 
UK Government
An introduction to the major governmental processes within the UK.
It encourages them to develop a critical understanding of the role and
effectiveness of key institutions. A political idea will also be studied in depth
with the choice of Anarchism, Ecologism, Feminism, Multiculturalism or
Nationalism.
2 hour written exam
331/3 % of the A Level
 
Comparative Politics
This component introduces students to key themes in political analysis and
allows them to reflect on a political system outside the UK. Students will need
to study either, ‘Government and Politics of the USA’ or ‘Global Politics’.
2 hour written exam
331/3 % of the A Level

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE English Language and Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics.

Further information

Students will be expected to support and consolidate all learning in class with independent study. To get the most out of the subject students should keep up to date with current affairs through a variety of media outlets.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Burford School and Community College directly.

Last updated date: 21 December 2017