Government and Politics

A Level

REASONS TO STUDY THIS COURSE

  • Politics has never been more relevant, from Donald Trump to Brexit.
  • You will develop skills valued by universities and employers including source analysis, evaluation and the ability to construct academic arguments.
  • Politics complements a wide variety of other subjects such as History, Law and English.

 

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

Year 1 (AS) – You will examine the ways in which people can participate in British politics with the use of referendums, political parties and pressure groups. Also the Prime Minister’s role and the relationship between different branches of government. You will study 20 ‘key thinkers’ that are linked to political ideologies such as socialism, liberalism and conservatism.

Year 2 (A-Level) – You will focus on US politics examining a variety of topics including the US Constitution, the role of the Supreme Court and the powers of the President of the US.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE ASSESSED

Year 1 (AS) – two exams

Year 2 (A-Level) – three two-hour exams

 

PROGRESSION

Politics is a highly respected A-Level that allows access to a wide range of degree courses at university. Past Priestley students have gone on to study History, Law, Philosophy, PPE, and other subjects at Russell Group universities. Politics students are employed in diverse fields from journalism, local government, teaching, the civil service, intelligence services, management and administration, market research, and public relations.