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6th Form Curriculum Guide - Year 12 Politics
Core Political IdeologiesTerm 3   
Students will examine the three main ideologies that have influenced political thought in the UK: socialism, liberalism and conservatism. There will be an in-depth examination of the origins of each of these ideologies and how each ideology developed and evolved through the prism of key thinkers associated with each ideology. Students will assess the various strands within each ideology, such as revolutionary Marxism and social democracy within socialism, one-nation conservatism and the New Right within conservatism and classical liberalism and modern liberalism within the liberal tradition. There will be an examination of the effect these ideologies have on modern UK political parties and tensions within each ideology.
Assessment: Students will answer two essay questions on ideologies from a choice of three. This will be a 1 hour and 10 minute examination.Key Words and Terms
Democracy and ParticipationTerm 1   
In term 1 students will begin by examining the different forms of democracy that operate in UK politics: direct democracy and representative democracy. Students will assess the merits of each and look at the health of UK democracy with regard to turnout rates, political party membership and other forms of participation. Students will also examine the role of pressure groups, think tanks, corporations and lobbyists and whether these groups are healthy for UK democracy. There will be an examination of the franchise in the UK and what can be done to increase the franchise, looking at the possibility of extending the vote to prisoners and to those under the age of sixteen. Students will then look at the role of the major political parties, namely the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats. There will also be an examination of minor and emerging UK political parties and the factors affecting the success or otherwise of political parties in the UK in a contemporary context.
Assessment: Students will complete two essays, one on democracy and participation and one on political parties. this will be a 1 hour 30 minute exam.Key Words and Terms
Electoral System and VotersTerm 2   
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
Prime Minister/ExecutiveTerm 5   
Students should gain knowledge and understanding of the structure, role, and powers of the Executive, the concept of individual and collective ministerial responsibility and the role of the PM and cabinet. Students will study the influence of two prime ministers, Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May and their influence on both their inner cabinet and wider government.
Assessment: here will be one source-based question on UK government, one essay based question on UK government and one essay question on core ideologies. This will be a 2-hour examination.Key Words and Terms
Relations between institutionsTerm 6   
Students will look at how the various institutions in the UK interact with one another. There is an emphasis on the judiciary and how the 2005 Constitutional Reform Act separated the executive and judiciary in the UK. Students will examine how the judiciary interacts with the executive and with Parliament and how Parliament interacts with the executive. There will be an in-depth look at the role of the EU and the impacts membership has made on the UK and the principle of parliamentary sovereignty.
Assessment: Students will sit a complete paper 1 and questions 1 and 2 on paper 2.Key Words and Terms
UK Constitution and ParliamentTerm 4   
Term 4 will begin with an outline of the UK constitution, its historic development and the nature and sources of the constitution. Students will look at the changes made to the UK constitution after the election of Labour under Tony Blair in 1997. There will be an in-depth assessment on the various reform, with a particular emphasis on the Constitutional Reform Act, devolution and reform of the House of Lords. Students will also question whether reform has went far enough and what can be done to modernise the UK constitution, such as proposals for codified constitution. There will be a thorough examination of Parliament, both the House of Commons and the House of Lords and the legislative process. Students will also look at the interaction between Parliament and the executive.
Assessment: There will be one source-based essay question and one essay question. This will be in the form of a 1 hour and 30 minute exam.Key Words and Terms