AQA’s new Politics A-level engages the next generation

Monday 15 Aug 2016

AQA has launched its new draft specifications for AS and A-level Politics. Students will gain critical skills such as persuasive writing and learn how to develop strong arguments, whilst learning in-depth about the government, political ideologies, and comparing politics in the UK and the US.

UK elections and referendums also form an interesting and relevant course topic. Understanding how they work will be crucial background knowledge for studying the impact EU membership has had on UK politics and the debates surrounding the recent 'Brexit' vote.

Students will also learn about the three traditional ideologies of liberalism, conservatism and socialism, and have the opportunity to study a modern political ideology. They can choose from feminism, nationalism, multiculturalism, ecologism and anarchism.

Kelly Smith, AQA Policy and Public Affairs Manager, said:

"Politics is everywhere, and there has never been a more interesting time to get involved in discussions about governments, institutions, and international relations.

"It is essential that students are able to understand not just the traditions and institutions which make up our current political systems, but also the individuals and ideologies which are likely to shape the future. The new courses are an excellent opportunity for students to learn about these areas, and to develop the critical thinking skills needed at university or at work.

"I know from my own time studying Politics that these AS and A-level courses will lead to many fascinating classroom debates – I wish I could be there to take part in them all over again!"

AQA's AS and A-level Politics specifications, which will be available to teach from September 2017, have been submitted to the regulator Ofqual for accreditation.