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Love it or hate it, you can’t escape the fact that politics has a direct impact upon your life. As Politics is a living subject and constantly changing, there’s never a dull moment. You don’t have to be a budding politician for this course, but you will need to have an interest in the systems which govern our society.

Studying the political systems of the UK and USA will open your eyes to international relations and global issues. Everyone has a view on what’s wrong with the world and how to put it right, so there are fantastic opportunities for discussion and debate. Keeping up to date with the news is essential, so that your analysis and writing are based on the latest developments.

Component 1:

UK Politics

1  Political Participation:

  • Democracy and participation
  • Political parties
  • Electoral systems
  • Voting behaviour and the media

2  Core Political Ideas:

  • Conservatism
  • Liberalism
  • Socialism
Component 2:

UK Government

1  UK Government:

  • The Constitution
  • Parliament
  • Prime Minister and Executive
  • Relationships between the branches

2  Non-Core Political Ideas:

  • Anarchism
Component 3:

Comparative Politics

1  USA:

  • The US Constitution & Federalism
  • US Congress
  • US Presidency
  • US Supreme Court and Civil Rights
  • Democracy and Participation
  • Comparative Theories

Component 1 - UK Politics - Written examination 2 hours

Component 2 - UK Government - Written examination 2 hours

Component 3 - USA - Written examination 2 hours

The course is suitable for you if you:

  • Are lively and have an inquiring mind
  • Have an interest in current affairs and how the country is run
  • Are keen to participate in debate
  • Like to ask challenging questions about the country we live in
  • Enjoy finding out answers for yourself
  • Work well in groups and like to share ideas.
  • Year 12 visit to Westminster and the Supreme Court
  • Year 12/13 Debating Society run and organised by students
  • Year 13 trip to Leicester US Politics Today Lectures with former members of Congress
  •  Year 13 biannual trip to New York and Washington DC

For further details please contact Mrs Wilson.

All current plans for sixth form programmes of study at Bishop Stopford School are provisional, dependent on student numbers and government policy.