POLITICS

Politics

Politics is a popular and engaging subject at Westminster Tutors and is led by our former Vice Principal, Nick Dommett. Students build a structured foundation of political knowledge and then are able to specialise in particular topics that interest them. The study of Government & Politics looks at political ideas, institutions and processes within the UK and how these compare and contrast to other political systems. There is plenty of opportunity for lively political debate, and our students also benefit from free lectures at the top London universities.

Course outline

AS level

Component 1: UK Politics

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

Component 2: UK Government

  • The constitution
  • Parliament
  • Prime Minister and executive
  • Relationships between the branches

A level

Component 1: UK Politics

UK Politics

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

Core Political Ideas

  • Liberalism
  • Conservatism
  • Socialism

Component 2: UK Government

UK Government

  • The constitution
  • Parliament
  • Prime Minister and executive
  • Relations between the branches

Non-core Political Ideas

  • Anarchism
  • Ecologism
  • Feminism
  • Multiculturalism
  • Nationalism

Component 3: Comparative Politics

Government and Politics of the USA

  • The US Constitution and federalism
  • US Congress
  • US presidency
  • US Supreme Court and US civil rights
  • US democracy and participation
  • Comparative theories

Global Politics

  • The state and globalisation
  • Global governance: political and economic
  • Global governance: human rights and environmental
  • Power and developments
  • Regionalism and the European Union
  • Comparative theories

Assesment

AS level

Component 1

  • 60 marks
  • 1 hour 45 minutes written paper
  • 50% of total AS level

Component 2

  • 60 marks
  • 1 hour 45 minutes written paper
  • 50% of total AS level

A level

Component 1

  • 84 marks
  • 2 hours written paper
  • 33.3% of total A level

Component 2

  • 84 marks
  • 2 hours written paper
  • 33.3% of total A level

Component 3

  • Assessment of one of the two options
  • 84 marks
  • 2 hours written paper
  • 33.3% of total A level

Specification

Although we offer all exam boards as our courses are individually designed, our chosen specification is Edexcel Politics (8PL0 and 9PL0).

Tutors

David Swift
BA (Cambridge), MA (York), PhD (UCLan)

Nick Dommett
LLB (Birm), LLM (SOAS), BSc (Imperial), MA (King’s), PhD (King’s)

Why Choose Westminster Tutors?

  • Top independent sixth form college
  • In 2020 A levels 68% A*-A and 92% A*-B
  • In 2020 72% placed at Russell Group unis
  • Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ across the board
  • Superbly qualified teachers who care
  • Average A level retake improvement is 2.4 grades
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