This subject is ideal for those who are interested in the political world in which they live, how it is organised, the changes that affect it and the people responsible for making political decisions both in the UK and the USA.
Frequently asked questions
Do I have to know a lot about Politics order to study the subject?
No, there is no expectation that students should have extensive knowledge of politics, but it is expected that students should have an interest in the political world and be curious to find out more about it by regularly following the news.
Do I need to have studied specific subjects at GCSE in order to study Politics at A Level?
No, the subject does not require specific entry qualifications. Given that the subject does involve extensive reading and writing however, it will be an advantage to have studied subjects that require similar skills at GCSE.
Is there a lot of writing involved in this subject?
Yes, this subject is mainly assessed on essays written in exams although there are two questions on Component 3 that require shorter answers. In the main assessment during the course will be based on extending writing assignments, but knowledge and understanding will also be assessed through regular topic tests.
What resources will I be able to access in my studies?
Students will have access to textbooks and online learning resources as well dedicated classroom materials. The subject also benefits from the fact that there is a wealth of relevant political information on the internet, including news sites, the websites for the main political institutions as well as for parties and pressure groups.