Politics was a new addition to the ‘A’ Level options at Burford School for 2017/18. The course aims to get 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.
Politics is taught by Mr Pullin.
Studying Politics gives students an opportunity to look deeper in the structures and functioning of the system that delivered such shocks as the referendum result on Britain leaving the EU and the success of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. A Level Politics investigates the ideologies driving such campaigns.
Trips and visits from outside speakers will be organised to support students learning.
Key Stage 5: Edexcel ‘A’ Level Politics
The Exam Board for Politics is Edexcel (Pearson)
Students will study for a Politics ‘A’ Level, which is examined through three papers at the end of Year 13.
Topics covered over the two year course include:
- Political Participation – The nature of democracy, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media.
- Core Political Ideas – Conservatism, liberalism and socialism.
- UK Government – The constitution, Parliament, Prime Minister and the relationship between the levels of government.
- Optional Political Ideas – One idea chosen as a class from: anarchism, ecologism, feminism, multiculturalism and nationalism.
- Comparative Politics – The class will choose either to study US politics or global political in greater depth to get an understanding or alternative systems outside of the UK.
Politics combines particularly well with Economics, Business Studies, English, History and Sociology, but equally complements most subjects because of its immediate relevance and focus on current affairs.