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A Level: Politics

Social Sciences

Social Sciences
Social Sciences
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code 60312233
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


What is happening with Brexit? Why is British politics in such a mess?

Politics used to be something that people were disinterested in. Today, everyone has an opinion about politics. So, how can you become better informed about these critical issues, and what can you do to take control of your life, rather than leaving it up to the politicians?

The answer is, of course: study Government and Politics. 

You will develop an in-depth understanding of the nature of politics and the relationship between political ideas, institutions and processes. You will acquire knowledge and understanding of the structures of authority and power within the political systems of the United Kingdom and the United States. You will acquire knowledge and informed understanding of the rights and responsibilities of the individual, and encourage an interest in, and engagement with contemporary politics. 

Government & Politics combines well with the following A levels:

  • Sociology
  • Economics
  • History
  • English Language & Literature
  • Philosophy

However, the course works just as well in combination with any other subjects.


Component 1: People and Politics

Political Participation: Democracy, Political Parties and Pressure Groups, Elections and Voting Behaviour, and Media Influence.

Core Political Ideas: Conservatism. Liberalism, and Socialism.

Component 2: UK Government 

 UK Government: the Constitution, Parliament, the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and The Supreme Court.

Non-core political ideas: Nationalism.

Component 3: Comparative Politics 

US Politics: the Constitution, Congress, Supreme Court, the President, Political Parties, and Elections.

How will it be delivered?

All components units are assessed via external examinations and each represents 33.3% of the overall mark awarded. The exams are essay based and require a good level of English language skills, so there is a requirement for Grade 6 in at least one GCSE English qualification.

Entry requirements

For all Level 3 pathways five passes (9-4) or more at GCSE are required, including at least Grade 4 in Maths and/ or English Language.

Your next steps...

Political scientists often pursue careers in law, journalism, media, business, social work, teaching … and even politics! Related degree courses include Politics, International Relations, Peace Studies, Business Studies, Law, Sociology, and other Social Science and Humanities based subjects.


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