In our ever changing political climate, where an ex-reality television star can be elected to be the President of the United States and 52% of those who voted can make a long lasting impact on the UK and the EU, it is essential that the youth have an understanding of how our political system works and why it is the way it is. Politics is one of the countries’ fastest growing A-level courses which directly relates to the content studied and the skills students attain and develop over the two year course.
Students will have an opportunity to learn about an array of aspects related to politics: from the way the political system works in the UK, to the different political parties within the UK; from different political ideologies, to the responsibilities of both citizens and politicians in the UK. We finish the course off with a comparison between the US political system to that of the UK.
The skills that you are able to develop whilst studying politics are skills you can utilise throughout your life. The ability to read a source, draw out the meaning and then make judgement on the quality of the source is something that is imperative in this modern age where ‘fake news’ is rife. The ability to make a well justified argument steeped in fact, the ability to compare and contrast processes and systems as well as an ability to analyse events and political concepts. It is seen as a great course if you are interested in any subject, due to the skills.
KS5 Curriculum Summary
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Assessment: In KS5, there will be a formal, in-class, A-level style paper, approximately an hour in length, every half term. This will be completed by all students in the cohort and moderated by the teachers. Students will also sit, alongside their other subjects, PPEs, as dictated by the 6th Form Team.