Exam Board Specification: AQA
How the course is assessed
100% externally assessed by three 2 hour examinations:
Description of course
Lively, relevant, controversial... there are many ways to describe A-level Politics. There's no denying that it's one of the most interesting and engaging qualifications you can choose. Covering news and current affairs from the UK and US, it helps you understand how the UK country is run and develops research, written communication and debate skills. It also helps grow your confidence.
The specification requires in depth study of UK and US government and politics. Comparisons across the two political systems are required and students will be required to identify parallels, connections, similarities and differences between aspects of politics. This will ensure that students develop a critical awareness of the changing nature of politics and the relationships between political ideas, political institutions and political processes. The political ideas to be studies have relevance to both of the systems of government and politics. The study of the four ideologies will enhance the students' knowledge and understanding of politics, political debate and political issues in both the UK and the USA.
Those who complete this course will have an informed understanding of the workings of the UK and US political systems. They will be able to discuss issues and developments within the main political parties, institutions and pressure groups which operate in our country and in the USA. In addition, students will study the ideas that underpin these political systems. This gives depth to the learning and gives us even more to debate and discuss.
Higher education, future careers and progression routes
Higher education in law, economics, history, politics, international affairs, journalism, local government, and public affairs.
2016 Examination success rates:
100% pass rate
A* - B 27%
A* - C 73%
Students must meet the Consortium minimum entry criteria for A Level courses, that is, a GCSE grade 5 or higher in English Language, grade 4 or higher in Maths (point score of 44.5 or higher).
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