A Level Politics will enable students to develop knowledge and an informed understanding of contemporary political structures, both within the United Kingdom (UK) and globally. It will also enable them to develop a critical awareness of the changing nature of politics and the relationships between political ideas, institutions and processes. Component One explores the nature of politics and how people engage in the political process in the UK and covers Democracy and Participation, Political Parties, Electoral systems, Voting behaviour and the media. It also allows students to explore the three traditional political ideas of conservatism, liberalism and socialism. Component Two is fundamental to understanding the nature of UK government, since it enables students to understand where, how and by whom political decisions are made. It also includes the exploration of Feminism how it applies in practice to human nature, the state, society and the economy. Component Three cover the Government and Politics of the USA, as a world power, understanding the nature of US democracy, and the debates surrounding it, is crucial given the considerable impact that the USA has on UK, European and global politics
Exam Board: Edexcel
Qualification Title: Politics
Qualification Specification Code: 9PL0
Qualification Webpage: Click here to visit the Edexcel webpage for the specification.
Standard Sixth Form entry requirements
The summary of components is as follows:
• Unit 1: UK Politics
• Unit 2: UK Government
• Unit 3: Comparative Politic
Politics lends itself to a variety of degree courses including Law, International Relations, History, Economics Journalism, Business and Finance and of course Politics. It supports careers where analytical skills are essential, for example management, finance, government, industry and business environments.
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