Politics A Level
Politics matters! For example, the amount of tax people pay, the age you can marry, vote, join the armed forces and retire are all determined by politicians. Parliament makes laws which have a huge impact on our lives. Studying Politics means taking an interest in the world around you. It means engaging with issues that affect your day to day existence. Studying Politics will encourage you to participate in society. Becoming a knowledgeable, well informed citizen will open up your eyes to what is going on in the world.
Students studying four A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grade 7, 8 or 9 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 6 or above. Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three GCSEs at grade 4 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4.
In the first year we study modern British Politics. We look at voting behaviour - the factors that determine the way the electorate vote - and voting systems. We look at the reasons for declining turnout in terms of voting at General Elections. What values do the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrats and minor parties represent? We learn about pressure groups, what are they, what methods do they use to get their point of view across and are they beneficial to society? What makes the Prime Minister the most powerful person in British Politics? What is the difference between Government and Parliament and what do they both do? In the second year we study four ideologies such as, Liberalism, Socialism, and Conservatism. We also study American Politics.
Assessment is by 3 examinations, each of which is 2 hours long. A combination of questions requiring shorter and longer answers will be given.
Paper 1 - Government and Politics of the UK: the constitution, pressure groups and government, the Prime Minister
Paper 2 – Government and Politics of the USA: the President, civil rights, the executives
Paper 3 – Ideologies: conservatism, liberalism, socialism, feminism.
Enrichment and Work Experience
As part of enrichment, we visit the Houses of Parliament at Westminster and you will have the opportunity to question Bolton’s three Members of Parliament. You will be invited to attend Question Time in the Houses of Commons and the House of Lords and have your photo taken outside one of the most famous doors in the world, 10 Downing Street, the Prime Minister’s official residence. Speakers from various institutions, such as the Electoral Reform Society, are invited into College to discuss various topical issues. Also, there is an opportunity to complete a one week work placement in the summer term.
Politics students must follow the news carefully. Politics is an ever changing discipline. Political figures change roles and policies change and develop on a daily basis. Students need to be aware of all of the latest political issues and debates.
Links with other subjects: Politics combines extremely well with most other arts/humanities subjects including Religious Studies, English, Modern Foreign Languages, History, Law, Economics, Geography, Sociology and Business.
Future Career Opportunities
Studying Politics can lead to all kinds of possible careers including teaching, social work, local government, the civil service, television broadcast and newspaper journalism, the legal profession and banking.
Why Study at BSFC?
The course is well established and enjoys good success rates. You will be taught by subject specialists who will develop individual learning plans with you.