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Syllabus Title: GCE Politics

 Examination Board: Edexcel 

Assessment Outline:

A Level
Unit 1 UK Politics 33⅓% of the qualification Written examination: 2 hours 

Content overview:

1. Political Participation: Democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media.

2. Core Political Ideas: conservatism, liberalism, socialism

Unit 2  UK Government 33⅓% of the qualification Written examination: 2 hours

Content overview:

1. UK Government: The constitution, parliament, Prime Minister and executive, relationships between the branches.

2. Non-core political ideas: One idea from the following - anarchism, ecologism, feminism, multiculturalism, nationalism. 

Unit 3 Comparative Politics: USA 33⅓% of the qualification Written examination: 2 hours 

Content overview:

The US Constitution and federalism, US Congress, US presidency, US Supreme Court and civil rights, democracy and participation, comparative theories

Studying A level …..

A-Level Politics will help students to develop knowledge and understanding of the role politics plays in relation to current local, national and global issues, as well as studying key thinkers and political ideas.

A-Level Politics is a natural accompaniment to other courses such as History, Business and Sociology and will appeal to students with an interest in current affairs.

The A-Level requires students to cover three components, all externally assessed through 2-hour written examinations in which they will have to attempt a range of question styles.

Entry Requirements:

Grade 6 at GCSE English and an interest in current affairs and politics (History GCSE desirable but not essential)

Future Career Options:

Politics allows you to apply for most degree subjects at University and access an exciting and wide range of employment opportunities:

  • Parliamentary and Constituency Employment (e.g. MPs)
  •  Civil Service (MI5/GCHQ/Ministerial Departments e.g. Home and Foreign Office etc.)
  •  Local and Regional Government
  •  Broadcasting and Journalism
  •  Publishing
  •  Teaching
  •  Author
  •  Lawyer and Barrister
  •  Judge
  •  Lecturer/Professor
  •  University Academics
  •  Business
  •  Consultancy
  •  Economics Advisor
  •  Customer Service and Human Relations
  •  Armed Forces
  • The Prime Minister!