Course type: A level & Applied • Awarding/exam body: Edexcel
This course aims to provide students with a balanced education in politics. In the first year we explore the nature of politics, how people engage in the political process in the UK and the three traditional political ideologies of conservatism, liberalism and socialism, as well as more modern movements such as feminism. In the second year students study the nature of US democracy, and the debates surrounding it; a crucial topic given the considerable impact that the USA has on UK, European and Global politics. This is an ideal course for anyone interested in current affairs and political ideas.

Course Units

Year 1: UK Politics, UK Government and Political Ideas
Year 2: US Politics

Course Assessment

Assessment is 100% examination based at the end of year 13.

This Course Can Lead To…

This subject is useful for anyone wanting to study Law, Politics, Philosophy, History, Journalism (or any other subject) at university. Students with a qualification in Politics at A Level often progress to careers in Law, Management, Journalism or Politics.

Entry Requirements

To qualify to study 3 A level/ Applied subjects, you will need to achieve 6 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, preferably including English Language or Maths at grade 4 or above. 

In addition/ within those 6 GCSEs, for this subject you will need to achieve Grade 5 in English Language.

N.B Applicants with a Grade 4 in English Language and a 5 in other humanities subject will be considered subject to availability

Course Highlights

  • Go on trips to Parliament and the London Assembly.
  • Debate with local MPs.