Politics

Politics


Staff

Mr S. Jenkins - Head of Department

Examination Board

CCEA

Essential Criteria

Grade A in GCSE English Language or

Grade A in GCSE English Literature

 Syllabus Content

AS 1: Northern Ireland

AS 2: Britain

A2 1: USA/UK

A2 2: Power

 

Assessment Format

 Unit  Assessment Format   Timing & Duration   Weightings 

 AS 1: 

The Government
and Politics of
Northern Ireland
 CCEA Paper consisting of one source and three questions  

End of Year 13
1 hour 15 minutes

 

40% of AS
20% of the overall A Level

 AS 2:

The British Political
Process
 CCEA Paper consisting of five questions  

End of Year 13
1 hour 45 minutes

 

60% of AS
30% of the overall A Level

 A2 1:

Comparative Government
(USA/UK)
 CCEA Paper consisting of one source and five questions  

End of Year 14
2 hours 15 minutes

 

60% of A2
30% of the overall A Level

 A2 2:

Political Power

 CCEA Paper consisting of one source and three questions  

End of Year 14
1 hour 30 minutes

40% of A2
20% of the overall A Level

Skills Required

Whilst the skills required for this subject will be taught and fostered by the teacher throughout the two years, the Politics student ought to have certain qualities.

She must have an inquisitive mind, an acceptance of the need to tolerate other points of view, and a willingness to try to at least understand, if not agree, with that view.

The pupil must be prepared to read widely outside the classroom. A pupil who fulfils these criteria will find the study of Politics an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Careers

The obvious career opportunities for Politics students are Politics, Law, Journalism and Teaching.

One should not overlook however that this subject undoubtedly helps you to express your thoughts both in words and in writing, and articulate past pupils of Politics have made careers for themselves in many jobs which require good communication skills such as Media, Advertising, Marketing, Business Management and Technology Information.

Extra-curricular

The college has an active Politics Society. Its activities include organising debates, panels of visiting politicians, and outreach programmes with other schools in the North Belfast Learning Community.

The Department runs trips to Stormont, Westminster and Washington. We also engage in local politics through frequent participation in current affairs television programmes.

 


 

 

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