A Level in Politics Edexcel (2017 Specification)

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A Level in Politics Edexcel (2017 Specification)

 

Examining Board: Edexcel

Next Examination Period: May / June 2020

Exam Specification Code: 9PL0

Coursework Element: No

Practical Element: None

Course Fee Includes: Online course materials and tutor support. Additional materials available at extra cost.

Fast Track Option: Fast Track Government and Politics A Level

Edexcel A Levels are available for study anywhere in the world. Examinations can be taken at any registered examination centre in the world. It is recommended students check with examining centres that the chosen exam is available. 

Introduction

Oxford College is pleased to offer the Edexcel A Level in Politics.

The Edexcel Politics A Level is a fascinating course that covers UK politics along with investigating and studying UK Government and core political ideas.

 

This course consists of 3 Units:

Unit 1: UK Politics and Core Political Ideas (Liberalism; Conservatism; Socialism) (9PLO/01)

In this unit you will examine and critically evaluate British Democracy, including:

Democracy and participation

Political Parties

The British electoral systems and alternatives

Voting behaviour, including the influence of the media

The three core political ideology of Liberalism: Conservatism and Socialism

 

Unit 2: UK Government and Non-Core Political Ideas (Nationalism) (9PLO/02)

In this unit you will understand and critically evaluate the workings of the British Constitution. In addition, with the growing popularity of Populist and Nationalist political ideology, you will explore the different ideas behind Nationalism. Your studies will include:

The separation of powers – Monarchy, Parliament, Government and the Judiciary.

Devolution, how it operates and how it has impacted on the United Kingdom.

The European Union´s impact on British sovereignty and governance with some debate of the potential effect of Brexit.

The different forms of Nationalism, from simple patriotism to the more sinister extreme beliefs.

 

Unit 3: Comparative Politics (9PLO/03a)

In this unit you will examine and assess the workings of the Government and Politics of the United States of America and make evaluative comparisons with the United Kingdom. The unit includes:

The US Constitution and Federalism

US Congress and Senate

The US Presidency

US Supreme Court and its role in protecting civil rights.

US Democracy and participation

Examinations

This course is assessed entirely by examination – there is no coursework.

The course is linear with all three examinations at the end of the completion of the course, usually May/June of the second year.

Each exam has equal weighting.

Examination questions require essay style answers.

 

Each examination will assess the following assessment objectives:

AO1 - Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of political institutions, processes, concepts, theories and issues.

 

AO2 - Analyse aspects of politics and political information, including in relation to parallels, connections, similarities and differences.

 

AO3 - Evaluate aspects of politics and political information, including to construct arguments, make substantiated judgements and draw conclusions.

 

 

Paper 1 UK Politics: 2 hours

Section A: Political Participation requires candidates to choose two questions from a choice of 4. Each answer being worth 30 marks.

Section B: Core Political Ideas requires candidates to answer one question from a choice of two. The answer is worth 24 marks.

 

Paper 2 UK Government: 2 hours

Section A: UK Government requires candidates to choose two questions from a choice of 4. Each answer being worth 30 marks.

Section B: Non- Core Political Ideas requires candidates to answer one question from a choice of two. The answer is worth 24 marks.

 

Paper 3 Comparative Politics: 2 hours

There will be:

One compulsory question on comparative theories, worth 12 marks.

Plus

One short answer question from a choice of two, worth 12 marks.

Plus

Two 30-mark questions from a choice of three.

 

Qualification

The title of this qualification as will appear on certificates is the Edexcel A Level Politics (9PLO)

All the exams must be taken and passed to achieve the full A-Level qualification The AS-level title as will appear on certificates is the Edexcel AS Politics (Specification number: 9PLO)

The AQA AS and A-Level are linear courses, which means that you will sit your exams at the end of your AS course (for AS students) or at the end of the full A-Level course (For full A-Level students)

 

Progression

Our A levels are eligible for UCAS points, making them a great choice for students aiming to progress to University. UCAS points are awarded according to the grade earned, please see below for details.

A levels are also widely recognised by employers and are useful for students looking to progress their careers or meet requirements for promotion.

Additionally, as a level 3 qualification, completion of an A level course also allows for direct entry onto our BTEC HND courses.

Assessment and Tutor Support

The course is assessed via written exams at the end of the two year course of study. However, assignments are included within each unit to assess your progress and provide feedback. These are sent to your tutor and you will receive feedback and guidance on your work. You will have access to online tutor support for the full duration of your course.

 

Previous Knowledge

There is no requirement to have studied Physics previously, although good use of English language and maths skills (both ideally to level 3 or equivalent) would be expected.

 

Specification

Edexcel A Level Politics 9PLO.  This syllabus is examined for the first time in June 2019.

 

What's Included

Online learning materials, online resources, and full tutor support for two years upon signing our Terms and Conditions agreement.

 

Entry Requirements

Although the A-Level programmes build on the course content of GCSE, it is not necessary to have this qualification before undertaking an A-Level. However, in order to meet the demands of the course, it is recommended that candidates have literacy and communication skills equivalent to C or higher at GCSE. Please note that full tutor support is still provided throughout your course duration.

 

The format of the Examinations

PLEASE NOTE: All exams are held during the May - June exam period of every year.

 

International Students

If you are based outside the UK, it may be possible to sit your examination through your local British Council, depending on your location.

 

Further Information

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

After enrolling online, you will receive a username and password to access the On Campus area. This is delivered within a few moments and three-working days.

Students are required to arrange and pay for their examinations and manage the course work element if the subject requires this. Students must check the relevant examination board website for further information and final examination sitting dates for the specification.

Materials and support provided by Oxford Learning.  

 

Our A-Level programmes are eligible for UCAS points, making them a great choice for students aiming to progress to University. UCAS points are awarded according to the grade earned, please see below for details.

A levels are also widely recognised by employers and are useful for students looking to progress their careers or meet requirements for promotion.

UCAS Points Table 

A* = 56 

A = 48 

B = 40 

C = 32 

D = 24 

E = 16

Course Fee

£315.00

Payment by Instalments

Students are able to pay course fees in monthly instalments. Click here to download our instalment plan.

 

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Good evening, sorry for the incredibly late reply to your previously email - for both AS and A Level I was graded a B. Which I'm very pleased about. Many thanks for all your help over the past year. Best regards,

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