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Mode of study Academic A Level
Duration 2 Years
Campus English Bridge Campus
Start date September 2020
Course code POL-AL (2022)
  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language. Politics will appeal to those who are interested in current affairs and who like to express and discuss opinions on political ideas and power.

  • What does the course involve?

    Politics is about the conflict that results from different interests and needs in society, and different attitudes about how power and resources should be gained, distributed and used. Through the study of the British political system, and that of the United States, you will examine the aims, success and failure, and structures of political organisations such as parties and pressure groups, as well as the effectiveness and fairness of different electoral systems. A major feature of the course is the way civil rights and liberties are protected and how effective they are.

    Comparative Politics (UK and the USA) - You will compare and contrast the US and UK systems of government in terms of principles and effects. You will study the nature and ideals of the two main US parties, as well as their decentralised structure and divisions; the influence of US interest groups, how presidential candidates are selected, the impact of the Electoral College system, factors behind US voting behaviours, and the influence of media and money. You will also look at the struggle to protect civil rights in the US.

  • How is the course assessed?

    Three exams, each worth one third of total mark:

    • UK Politics and core political ideas
    • UK Government and non-core political ideas
    • Comparative politics with the USA
  • Additional Notes

    Students pursue many different courses at degree level with Politics, Law and History being the most popular. Employment opportunities include: Work with Members of Parliament, Journalism, local and central government, and Law, amongst others.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button and then add an additional 2 or 3 subjects to make up your academic programme. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 260401 or email:

Benjamin Emmerson

Benjamin Emmerson

A Level Politics (Law and Religious Studies)
Previous school: Priory School

I’m interested in Law and how the government works and I want to join the police after College, so Politics was a great A Level for me to do. I enjoy learning about how voting behaviours have changed through time. Politics is a rewarding subject that can be frequently used in your everyday life.

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