Politics A Level

Board: Edexcel
Syllabus: A level Politics

About the subject

In studying Politics, we ask many questions about Britain and the world. What will be the impact of Brexit? Will the United Kingdom be able to stay together?  Just how much power does the Prime Minister have? Is the rise of the Brexit party significant or do you think they are just a fringe party that will fade away quickly? Why did Donald Trump get elected President of the USA? Why have there been so few female politicians and is this now changing? Collyer’s Politics classes have lively debates and discussions about a huge range of issues that are important, both for your own intellectual development and for understanding the way our country and others are run.
The first year of the course focuses on the British system of government and politics – how democracy works in our country. Towards the end of the year, we change our focus to the United States and compare the American system to our own, looking at the powers of the President, Congress and the Supreme Court. Is the US system better than ours? In the second year, as well as continuing our study of the US, we look at political ideologies and philosophies from conservatism through communism to feminism. After taking politics at Collyer’s you’ll know how politics really works, what the political parties are really about, and the reality behind the headlines. You’ll have explored the ideas and activites of important individuals such as Theresa May, Barack Obama, Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher, Betty Friedan, Karl Marx and Donald Trump. As well as the main ideologies of conservatism, liberalism and socialism you’ll understand why Marxism dominated half the world in the twentieth century, but seems to have few believers in the twenty-first.

Learning styles

The course is assessed by examination throughout – there is no coursework.  You will be reading articles, using the web and reading the newspapers to create and maintain your own political diaries.  We use video’s, discussions, research, presentations and various other learning styles. Politics lessons always involve lively debates that help keep you well informed. You’ll even have a chance to take part in parliamentary style debates. We have a large range of activities outside the classroom on visits, including residential visits to the most important political centres of the world, such as Washington DC.  In addition, students may have the chance to visit the UK Parliament and also attend a politics conference where politicians of all parties will speak and take questions from the audience.

Subject Combinations and Progression

Politics can be studied in conjunction with more or less any subject, though obviously there are considerable overlaps with History, Law and Economics.  Previous Collyer’s Politics students can be found working around the globe, particularly in business, law, the media (where knowledge of this area is now vital) and, of course, in Politics.

Subject Modules and Assessment

A Level Contents:

Government and Politics in the United Kingdom: Democracy, Political parties, Electoral Systems, Voting Behaviour and Media, The UK Constitution, Parliament and Prime Minster,The UK supreme Court and the EU . Written exam.

Political Ideas: Conservatism, Liberalism, Socialism & Feminism.Written exam.

Government and Politics in the USA & Comparative Politics: The US Constitution, US Congress, US Presidency, US Supreme Court, US Participation and Democracy, US Civil Rights. Comparative Politics (US & UK). Written exam.


Entry requirements

GCSE English Language grade 4