A level Politics is an extremely exciting and varied subject, which relates to the latest issues highlighted in the media such as the presidency of Donald Trump, Brexit, the health service and education.

In a world that is ever changing, keeping up to date with the contemporary political environment is crucial in understanding new laws, movements and economic climate.

By studying Politics, you will gain an in-depth understanding of how governments operate, how political systems influence our daily lives, ideologies that have shaped our society and the national and international impacts of social policy.

This A level is great to study alongside A level History and A level Law

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

All A level study begins in September and will take two years to complete.

What will I study?

During this A level, you will focus on the politics of modern Britain, the USA and the ideologies which have shaped them.

You will cover the following themes:

  • The structure of the British and US political systems and where the balance of power lies.
  • The nature of the UK and US constitutions and the pressures upon them.
  • Comparing the political powers of the US President and UK Prime Minister.
  • How political parties and pressure groups operate.
  • The development of political ideologies and ideas.
  • How ideologies have shaped western society.
  • Why ideologies and civilizations collide.

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed by examinations at the end of year 13.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have at least five GCSEs at grade 4 o(equivalent to grade C) or above, including English and maths. There is no requirement to have studied politics at GCSE.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2019), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please visit our dedicated Financial Support page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

A level Politics is excellent preparation for a wide variety of degrees, including both the BA (Hons) in Criminal Justice and BA (Hons) in Social Policy, Health and Housing at University Centre St Helens, both of which are validated by University of Chester.

Many students go on to study politics or international relations at university which can lead to a variety of opportunities in:

  • Law
  • Local government
  • Journalism
  • Teaching
  • Social research
  • Media
  • Public relations
  • Business

Ref: David Presho

What our tutors say...

"The ideas that influence us, the events that mould us and the laws that bind us – that is the essence of what Politics is about."

David, Politics Tutor

Why choose our A Level Academy?

Dedicated Support

Our class sizes are small and the support focussed to help you to stay on track with your studies.

Excellent Progression

We have progression routes that lead to university, a higher apprenticeship or employment.

Tailored Subjects

Study three A levels or choose a Professional Skills Programme to help you prepare for your future.

Transport Links

Getting to St Helens College is easier than ever with our free bus pass and dedicated bus service.

UCAS Applications

Experienced tutors provide support with UCAS applications and personal statements.

Student Experience

Gain insight from industry guest speakers, travel abroad and in the UK and compete in competitions.