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Politics

If you enjoy discussing and learning about political issues and current affairs, then A level Politics will provide you with the tools to analyse and understand politics in depth.
You do not have to be an expert in politics to enjoy and succeed with this course as we take you through each stage of the specification developing your knowledge.

We start by looking at what democracy means and assessing whether it could be improved and reformed. You will learn many new concepts as you progress such as the meaning of direct democracy, liberal democracy, power and participation and whether voting really counts!

We will then look at how government operates in Britain and how well it performs. This involves debates about the ‘presidential’ approach taken by Prime Ministers and an analysis of whether Parliament performs its functions adequately. We then turn our attention to the role of the courts and how well judges uphold civil liberties and discuss the nature of the UK Constitution.

Next we analyse political parties’ ideals and policies and why parties differ from each other in their approaches. You will also study the election systems used in the UK and find out why there are debates about reform. You will also look at alternative forms of political activity such as pressure groups, direct action and discuss whether there is a participation crisis in Britain.

In the second year we study the fascinating area of US politics, Trump’s Presidency and the unique character of democracy in America!

Please see the specific entry requirements for A Levels at South Devon College: 6 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above including English and maths. Of these, at least two passes must be at grade 6 or above. Individual subjects may specify which GCSEs are required at grade 6.

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“I’m studying A Level Government and Politics, History and English Literature. Hearing all of the good reviews about the College helped me with making the decision to study here. I thought if I’m going to start anywhere it should be South Devon College.”James Roberts

Paignton Campus – Vantage Point

This course is available at our Vantage Point Campus. 

Our inspirational Paignton Campus provides the very best learning environment, featuring state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

South Devon College,
Long Road,
Paignton,
TQ4 7EJ

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