What’s in Higher Politics?

The Higher Politics course has three Sections. With us you will study

Exam Paper One Sections

Political Theory: Conservatism, Socialism, Concepts of Democracy

Political Systems: UK and USA compared; comparative constitutions, legislatures and executives

Political Parties and Elections; theories of voting behaviour and political campaign management.

There are 12 and 20 mark questions. Paper One lasts 1 hour 45 minutes and is worth 52 marks.

Paper Two Source Based Questions

There are also Source based questions involving the skills of evaluating and analysing political text and data which we will prepare you for.

Question Paper 2, which lasts 1 hour 15 minutes, tests skills of comparing, interpreting, evaluating and synthesising evidence.

There are two questions:

Question 1: The Comparison Question is about comparing information about political theories or systems.

Question 2: The Viewpoint Question is about interpreting, evaluating and synthesising a wide range of electoral data.

The Comparison question is worth 8 marks and consists of two sources, and The Viewpoint question is worth 20 marks and consists of up to seven sources.

Sources may be written, numerical, graphical or pictorial.

This paper is worth 28 marks.

In addition to this content, which is assessed in the SQA exam papers, there is a Higher Politics Assignment where you select a question which interests you and you write up your research findings.

To sum up, the Higher Politics Course is as follows:

Exam: Paper One 52 Marks

Exam: Paper Two 28 Marks

Assignment: 30 Marks

View SQA Higher Politics Past Papers

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