“Government’s first duty is to protect its people, not run their lives”
– Barack Obama
In Politics we look at how both UK and US politics aims to achieve this, and discuss where the lines may be blurred and which parts of the political system seek to take advantage over other parts. We also consider how people develop their political opinions and beliefs that try to shape our world.
Another unit covers how the UK political process operates, from the influence of judges, the roles of MP’s and the relationship between Parliament, Government, Prime Minister and Cabinet. The impact of the EU upon UK politics is also discussed.
There is a complete unit on the politics of the USA, where its Constitution is studied along with the roles and relationships between the Congress, President and the Supreme Court within the American system of government. The election systems and the role of democracy within the US is another theme looked at.
Politics students discuss and debate key issues during class time and are encouraged to contribute regularly and develop their analytical skills.
There is NO PREVIOUS study of politics required, though having a general interest in current affairs and politics is useful.
One exam covers UK politics and core ideologies, the second exam covers UK government and non-core ideologies, whilst the third exam is all on the politics of the USA. See link to specification attached.
We also make use of Politics Review magazine to discuss relevant topical issues.
The specification can be accessed at https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/politics-2017.html
Mr K. Broughton