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Politics (A Level)

Politics at Tapton is a popular and relevant subject, developing students understanding of the political systems that govern their lives.

Tapton School offers Politics at A-Level in Sixth Form. 

Reasons to choose Tapton

Our A-level teaching team are experienced and passionate about their topics. You will be supported with up to date and relevant case studies that will deepen your understanding of the UK and America today. You will learn the analytical and evaluative skills that will open up many opportunities with your future career goals.

Exciting trips and visits. You will get a chance to travel to London and tour the Houses of Parliament, to get a closer look at the heart of UK government.

Key Stage 5 Curriculum Content

The Politics A-Level is a linear course, culminating in 3 exams at the end of year 13, each lasting 2 hours:

  • Paper 1 has 3 questions covering UK politics and core political ideologies
  • Paper 2 has 3 questions covering UK government and non-core political ideologies
  • Paper 3 has 4 questions covering US politics with a UK comparison

Tapton School follow the Edexcel course (option A: USA).

What are the entry requirements?

5 in English Language.

Year 12

Students will study the UK Politics (paper 1) and UK Government (paper 2) elements of the course:

  • UK political participation and democracy
  • Political parties
  • Elections
  • Voting behaviour and the media (with case studies of the 1979, 1997 and 2019 elections)
  • UK Constitution
  • Parliament
  • Prime Minister and Executive
  • Relations between the branches (Supreme Court, European Union and sovereignty)

Year 13

Students will complete the political ideologies (paper 1 and 2) and US government (paper 3) elements of the course:

  • Liberalism (core ideology: paper 1)
  • Conservatism (core ideology: paper 1)
  • Socialism (core ideology: paper 1)
  • Feminism (non-core ideology: paper 2)
  • US Constitution
  • US Congress
  • US Presidency
  • US Supreme Court and rights
  • US democracy and participation
  • US comparative theories