In this course, you'll study the way the country is governed, and how your votes make a government. The course is based on two democratic countries, and their similarities and differences.
The first year focuses on the UK political system, and the roles that key people play, such as the Prime Minister and judges. The course will also look at Britain as a political nation: how people vote, whether or not we have a constitution, and why this might be.
The second year is focused on the USA as a political model. Key issues here are the role of the president, the supreme courts, and the judicial process. Furthermore, you'll look at the role of the entrenched rights that Americans have over those of other countries, as well as evaluating the role of the Bill of Rights and the US Constitution.
In your first year, you'll study two sections, focusing on the British political system.
Section 1: People and politics
This section focuses on issues such as
- What is politics?
- Debates within Parliament
- Resolutions to political problems
Furthermore, the idea of citizenship is discovered. What does it mean to be a British Citizen? Are we citizens in a monarchy, and what are our political rights? Who holds the power within the country, and who makes the decisions for the nation? What political system do we use and why? What is democracy? Are there limitations to democracy that we could overcome with our political system? Finally, you will focus on pressure groups and change within a democracy.
Section 2: Governing the UK
In this section, you'll look at the way Britain is governed and why that is. Does Britain have a constitution? What is the role of Parliament and the Prime Minister? What does the Cabinet do? Who makes the decisions about tax rises and going to war? You will challenge the effectiveness of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and their roles.
In your second year, you will focus on the role of another democracy, the USA.
Section 3: Representation process in the USA
You will consider US pressure groups, and the role of institutions such as the National Rifle Association. You will also study the election system in the US, the main political parties, and the dominance of the Republicans and Democrats, and the growth of their parties, in the USA.
What role do the minor parties play, and what do they all stand for and against? You will also look at the radicalisation of politics within the US, and the problem for the US in promoting racial equality.
Section 4: Governing the USA
As in Section 2 of the first year, you will look at the system that governs the USA. You will consider the role of the Constitution in the USA, and the checks and balances system. Students will also discover the role of federalism and the breakdown of laws from state to state.
Americans also believe they have 'rights' just for being American. What are these? Why might these be extremely important to the US as a nation, as well as for the American citizen? You'll also look at the role of the President and the Supreme Court. An evaluation will be undertaken to consider the benefits and limitations of ruling a country in such a way as the US.
This A Level will help you develop a number of new skills, including how to research, how to write persuasive arguments and convey your point of view effectively, and how to work as part of a team. You'll also have opportunities to develop your debating and presentation abilities. All of these skills will be beneficial in both further study and employment.
- GCSE English Language grade 5
- All Loughborough Sixth Form College courses have minimum entry requirements of at least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English Language and Maths.
AS: One 1.75 hour exam
A-level: Three x 2 hour exams
Politics helps you prepare for Higher Education, and develop skills that are useful in any career. Students who specialise in politics can become politicians, or work in law or any civil service role. Politics can also aid students who wish to continue in education, working towards a research role.
6th Form FAQs
DO YOU OFFER THE EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION (EPQ)?
- Yes, but only to Year 2 students who have demonstrated in Year 1 that they have the academic ability to cope with this extra research project.
HOW MANY A LEVEL SUBJECTS DO I NEED TO TAKE?
- You will need to choose three subjects minimum with a maximum of 4. See page 5 for more details on subject choices.
I’M INTERESTED IN A LEVELS BUT I’M NOT SURE WHICH ONES
- That’s okay! We know that deciding on A Levels can be a long process and
that you can change your mind—a lot.
When you initially apply, we’ll ask you for your options, but you’re not tied down to these subjects. We’ll confirm your final choices at a later date.
DO I HAVE TO STUDY THE SUBJECT I WANT TO STUDY AT UNIVERSITY AS AN A LEVEL?
- Not always; it depends on your chosen university course. Subjects like Medicine and Architecture have very specific entry requirements, whereas you can study Psychology or Law at university without having studied them at A Level. Check university entry requirements to see if they are asking for specific subjects.
ARE A LEVELS THE ONLY ROUTE INTO UNIVERSITY?
- No. We also offer Level 3 BTEC Extended Diplomas, which are the equivalent to three A Levels and many universities accept them as an alternative.
CAN I STUDY 3 A LEVELS AND BE A PART OF THE ACADEMY OF SPORT PROGRAMME?
- Yes. Visit the Academy of Sport pages for more information.
CAN I STUDY A DIPLOMA IN SPORT AND ONE A LEVEL?
- Yes, but it is only recommended for high-performing students due to the demands that both courses will place on timetable and ability. We will need to ensure that your combination is suitable for future progression and doesn’t clash on the timetable.
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