Politics                                                                   

Examination Board: AQA

Teacher in charge: S. Riaz

 

Paper 1

Paper 2

Paper 3

Government and Politics of the UK

 

 

Government and Politics of the USA and Comparative Politics

Political Ideas

Constitution

Parliament

Prime Minister

The judiciary

Devolution

Democracy

Elections

Parties

Pressure groups

The EU

Constitution

Congress

President

Supreme Court

Elections

Parties

Pressure groups

Civil rights

 

Liberalism

Conservatism

Socialism

Nationalism

How it's assessed:

Written exam: 2 hours

77 marks

33⅓ % of A-level

How it's assessed:

Written exam: 2 hours

77 marks

33⅓ % of A-level

How it's assessed:

Written exam: 2 hours

77 marks

33⅓ % of A-level

Questions:

A mixture of medium length ‘explain’ and essay style questions

Questions:

A mixture of medium length ‘explain’ and essay style questions

Questions:

A mixture of medium length ‘explain’ and essay style questions


 
       


From Trump to Brexit the political landscape is constantly changing and it has arguably never been more important to be politically well informed.

 

In the Lower Sixth the students will cover all of Paper 1 but will also study some aspects of Paper 2 and Paper 3 so that this content is familiar by year 13. The content of Paper 1 includes all aspects of British politics from the institutions of Parliament and the executive to the nature of political parties and elections as well as referendums.

 

Students are not assumed to have any prior knowledge of Politics but should take a keen interest in current affairs. Students will have the opportunity to visit the Palace of Westminster and the Supreme Court in year 12.

 

In year 13 students build on their knowledge of the British political system by focusing on a comparative study: the government and politics of the USA. As well as being a colossus in world affairs, the US forms a great contrast to the UK; federal where the UK is unitary, a codified constitution where the UK has none and a unique historical journey including the fight for civil rights and a worrying gun culture.

 

Teaching uses a range of sources to encourage discussion and debate. Students are also encouraged to learn by doing and taking part in political processes and the schools active Politics Society facilitates this by inviting speakers and providing a forum to discuss current issues.

 

The Political Ideas paper means the students have a good grounding in political philosophy. This means that as well as developing skills of analysis, interpretation and presenting balanced arguments students also are able to differentiate between key thinkers and their ideas.

 

Politics is a popular option at this level and offers students a wide range of university and career options. All students will have the opportunity to participate in the department’s visit to Washington DC in October 2019.