Politics

A Level

Politics

Why should I study this course?

Lively, relevant, controversial… there are many ways to describe A Level Politics. There’s no denying that it’s one of the most interesting and engaging qualifications you can choose.

Covering news and current affairs from the UK and US, it helps you understand how the UK country is run and develops research, written communication and debate skills. It also helps grow your confidence.

It’s ideal if you’re considering studying politics, sociology, ethics, advertising or journalism at university and is highly regarded by employers in industries including politics, international organisations, the media, government and the civil service.

What will I study?

Paper 1           The government and politics of the UK

Paper 2           The government and politics of the USA and Comparative politics

Paper 3            Political ideas including:

  • the three traditional ideologies of Liberalism, Conservatism and Socialism
  • one of either: feminism, nationalism, multiculturalism or anarchism.

Examination board

AQA

How is the course assessed?

You will sit 3 equally-weighted 2-hour papers at the end of your second year of study:

Paper 1: The government and politics of the UK 

Paper 2:  The government and politics of the USA and Comparative politics

Paper 3:   Political ideas

What will the course prepare me for?

It’s ideal if you’re considering studying politics, sociology, ethics, advertising or journalism at university and is highly regarded by employers in industries including politics, international organisations, the media, government and the civil service.

Private study

What materials will I need to provide?

How will I be taught?

This course is for you if...

It’s ideal if you’re considering studying politics, sociology, ethics, advertising or journalism at university and is highly regarded by employers in industries including politics, international organisations, the media, government and the civil service.

Your application starts here

What are the course requirements?

What are the entry requirements?

Five 9 – 4 (A* - C) grades at GCSE including a minimum of grade 4 (C) in GCSE English Language.

If you are interested in joining the College, we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you choose a course programme that best suits your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication, however, the College may need to make some changes in the light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.

What skills do I need?