Successful A Level candidates will:
(Grade 6 or higher is desirable).
• Be interested in and have an engagement with contemporary politics.
• Be committed and enthusiastic to undertaking independent study.
• In this unit you will look at politics within the UK. For example, we will debate whether the
UK democratic system is in indeed in crisis; the role of pressure groups such as Oxfam
and Greenpeace; the different views of political parties and we will study a range of
different elections and referendums including the Brexit vote in 2016.
behaviour and the media
role and power Prime Ministers hold; the functions of parliament (the institution that
votes on our laws) and how all parts of the government interact. You will explore who
governs the UK and the advantages and disadvantages of the current system. This will
give you knowledge for the comparisons with the USA system in year 2.
You will discover the extent to which the president only has the power to persuade;
whether the US system of government makes it too difficult to effect change and pass
any meaningful laws and whether the most important judges in the land (the Supreme
Court justices) are really politicians in disguise.