Politics has allowed me to understand the British political system and has persuaded me to vote in the next election.

Zain Kiani

Zain Kiani

Course Description

There has never been a better time to study Politics. With seismic events such as the British exit from the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as American President, an A Level in Politics will help you to understand these major changes. The course has three components, two of which involve studying UK Politics and the final component involves a study of US Politics.

Entry Requirements

Achieve 5 or more standard GCSE passes or higher (grade 4 or higher).

If a student is applying for a course in a subject that they have studied at GCSE it is expected that a student would have achieved at least a standard pass (grade 4) in this subject.

Course Content

Paper 1 – UK Politics (with Core Political Ideas):

  • UK Politics: democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media
  • Ideas: conservatism, liberalism and socialism

Paper 2 – UK Government (with Optional Political Ideas):

  • UK Government: constitution, parliament, prime minister, relationships between the branches
  • Optional political ideas. Students will study the core ideas and principles, types and different thinkers of anarchism.

Paper 3 – Comparative Politics:

  • US constitution and federalism, US Presidency, US Congress, US Supreme Court, democracy and participation, civil rights.

Assessment

Paper 1:
Written examination – 2 hours
33.3% of the qualification

Paper 2:
Written examination – 2 hours
33.3% of the qualification

Paper 3:
Written examination – 2 hours
33.3% of the qualification

Future Opportunities

Politics is a well-respected A Level and would be welcomed by all universities. An A Level in Politics will enhance applications for jobs in the following areas, as well as many others:

  • Media
  • Education
  • Banking
  • Civil Service
  • Finance