Higher Politics

Higher Politics

The Higher Politics qualification gives pupils the opportunity to study important political concepts, theories, ideologies and systems through Scottish, British and international contexts. Pupils will compare different political systems, evaluate the factors that impact on the electoral performance of political parties, and develop knowledge and understanding of how different political ideologies, systems and parties resolve the timeless pursuit of power, authority and legitimacy.

Pupils will study three key areas which are:


Political Theory

Political Systems

Political Parties and Elections.


Unit 1 Political Theory

Pupils will focus on two key political theories: Liberalism and Socialism. They will look at both of these and compare and contrast the similarities and differences of them as well as looking at some of the theorists such as Karl Marx and John Locke. Pupils all also look at the theory of power, authority and legitimacy.

Unit 2 Political Systems

Pupils will compare and contrast the UK and America in relation to how the two countries are run. Pupils will focus on the two countries constitutional arrangements, legislative branches, executive branches and their judiciary.

Unit 3 Political Parties and Elections

Pupils will focus on New Labour and their dominant ideas. Pupils will look at their campaign strategies and the theories of voting behavior.    


Pupils will also be expected to complete their own research task which will be worth 33% of their overall grade. They will pick any political issue and carry out a research task then complete a write up in exam conditions around March.