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.
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 your second year.
Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?
You should have at least five GCSEs at grade 5 or above (equivalent to grade C or above), including English and maths. There is no requirement to have studied anything relating to politics at GCSE level.
What are the course fees?
If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2017), 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 click here.
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 FdA in Criminal Justice and FdA in Social Policy, Health and Housing at University Centre St Helens.
Many students go on to study politics at university which can lead to a number of careers such as:
- Local government
- Social research