In the first year of the A-Level, you will study UK government and political participation in the UK. In order to understand the workings of UK government, your study will include the UK constitution, parliament and the role of the prime minister and cabinet. In the second half of the first year, you will analyse and evaluate the concept of democracy and participation in the UK through an investigation into pressure groups, electoral systems, voting behaviour and political parties.
In the second year, you will take a comparative approach, analysing the similarities and differences between the government and politics of the USA and the UK. You will also study four key political ideologies that have had a huge influence on both history and political systems around the world: liberalism, conservativism, socialism and anarchism.
The course employs a variety of learning approaches, these will include: lecturer led teaching; discussions and debates; activities and investigations; regular exam style writing practice; watching and listening to relevant programmes and news footage; reading articles and reports; and watching parliament live. There is a field trip each year year to either the Scottish Parliament or Westminster.
5 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above (A*-C) which must include Maths
GCSE English Language at Grade 6 (or B)
After Your Course
Politics will enable students to pursue many different courses at degree level, with Law and History being the most popular. Employment opportunities include work with members of parliament, journalism, local and central government, and Law, amongst others.
Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time ones. The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2019/20 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2020/21 will be updated in the Spring Term. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.
This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:
- Aged 16-18 on 31/08/19
- Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
- Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
- Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
- Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
Level 3-6 Courses for Adults
Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19+ and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.
Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.