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Cedars Upper School

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Course Title


Qualification and Exam Board

A Level            AQA              www.aqa.org.uk

Course description

Lively, relevant, controversial… there are many ways to describe A Level Politics. There’s no denying that it’s one of the most interesting qualifications you can choose.

We cover news and current affairs from the UK, EU, USA and the rest of the world. This course will help you understand how the UK is run, and helps develop research, written communication and debate skills. It also helps grow your confidence in talking about political issues, and creating political beliefs of your own.

What will I learn?

The 2-year course includes:


Year 1:

Government of the UK

·       The British Constitution

·       Parliament, the Prime Minister and the Cabinet

·       The Judiciary and the Supreme Court


Politics of the UK

·       Democracy and participation (including political parties and pressure groups)

·       Elections and Referendums

·       The European Union


Year 2:

Government of the USA

·       The President, Congress, and Supreme Court

·       The US Bill of Rights and Constitution

·       Civil rights



·       Liberalism, Conservativism, Socialism, Nationalism, Feminism, Multi-culturalism, Ecologism and Anarchism




What are the entry requirements?


There are no pre-requisites in terms of GCSE options, however, suitable candidates will preferably have grade B (5) or above in English.

Specific skills required


Politics helps you to develop a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by universities and employers, particularly the ability to debate and discuss issues and to think for yourself. It will enhance your ability to construct good arguments and as well as improving your thinking skills, you will develop complex essay-writing techniques. Because of this, Politics requires a rigorous approach and a willingness to discuss challenging issues. Further reading is always encouraged, as the more reading around a topic you do, the more enjoyable it becomes to discuss.

How will I be assessed?


There are three exams at the end of year 13, each two hours long. They consist of medium length to essay length questions. There is no coursework. You will be assessed on your knowledge & understanding, as well as your ability to analyse, evaluate, compare and conclude arguments.  


What are the costs?


Unfortunately, students will have to cover their own costs for textbooks. The costs will be £25 per year.



Future opportunities


Ideal if you are considering studying politics, law, economics, sociology, ethics, advertising, human geography, modern history or journalism at university and is highly regarded by employers in industries including politics, international organisations, charities, the media, police, army, government and the civil service.

Further information

There will be a school trip in November to visit the UK Parliament and the Supreme Court that usually costs around £30.