Who should study Politics, and why? The short answer is that everyone should study Politics — all members of society should have a better understanding of the general rules under which they live.
Five GCSEs at grade 5/6 or equivalent.
For these rules to be effective, as many people as possible should actively participate in making them, upholding them and maybe changing them. This is what is meant by ‘active citizenship’. A healthy society is a society in which many people participate in political activity and do so with insight and understanding.
AS level (Year 12)
Component 1: People & Politics: Democracy and Participation, Political Parties, Electoral Systems, Voting Behaviour and the Media.
Component 2: UK Government: The Constitution, Parliament, The Prime Minister and the Executive, Relationships between the branches.
A-level (Year 12 and Year 13)
Component 1: UK Politics: This covers Political Participation and Core Political Ideas: Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism, Democracy, Parties, Electoral systems, Voting Behaviour and the Media.
Components 2 & 3: UK Government & Comparative Politics: Covering UK Government, Constitution and one idea from the following: Nationalism, Feminism, Ecologism, Multiculturalism. You will study either USA or Global as one theme in Component 3.
Where does it lead?
This non-static subject post-A-level provides a range of future possibilities including undergraduate study in Politics and International Relations. The analytical skills developed relate to careers in the civil service, law, journalism and academic teaching and research.