Why choose A Level Politics

Students will be expected to have met St Paul’s entry requirements of 2 Grade 5’s and 4 Grade 4’s. A minimum of grade 4 in English and Maths is essential for all courses.

In this course you will study the way in which people become engaged in political issues and developments occurring within the UK and the USA. The course reflects a truly modern and evolving political environment. Politics is a living and breathing subject, with new examples occurring constantly.

A-Level politics works very well alongside A-Level history, as well as other humanities subjects like Sociology.

You will study:

UK politics – democracy and participation, political parties, electoral system, voting behaviour and the media

UK government – constitution, parliament, PM and executive, relationship between the branches of government.

Core political ideas – Conservatism, liberalism and socialism

One of the following non-Core political ideas: Anarchism, ecologism, feminism, multiculturalism and nationalism

Government and politics in the USA – The US constitution and federalism, the US congress, the President, the US supreme court and civil rights, democracy and participation

Assessment Board: Edexcel

Assessment of A-Level

3 papers:

  • Paper 1 – UK Politics and core political ideas – 2hour exam (33.3%)
  • Paper 2 – UK government and non-core political ideas – 2-hour exam (33.3%)
  • Paper 3 – Comparative politics, government and politics of the USA – 2-hour exam (33.3%)

All exams consist mainly of essay-based questions.

An A-level in Politics provides an excellent background for many degree courses. Example degree courses which generally require or accept Politics A-level include Economics, History, International Relations, Journalism, Law, Politics, Social Policy and Criminology.

Careers where Politics are useful include Policy Officer, Political Risk Analyst, Journalist, Solicitor, Barrister, Arbitrator, Politician and many more.

For further information, please contact:

Mr Williams (kwilliams@st-pauls.leicester.sch.uk)